FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Four Arkansas divers will look to secure spots in the 2015 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in Iowa City, Iowa March 9-11.
“We’re looking to add divers to our squad that’s headed to the NCAAs,” said head coach Sean Schimmel. “We’re looking for them to take a step up from conference, get in that scoring position in the top eight and hopefully put themselves in a position to earn a spot in the Championship.”
The meet serves as a qualifier for NCAAs held in Greensboro, N.C. March 19-21. Representing Arkansas will be senior Meghan Clark, juniors Shelby Bartlett and Hannah Bortnick and freshman Nicole Gillis.
To qualify for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, divers must earn a minimum qualification score in at least one diving event. The zone diving meets then serve to qualify divers for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Arkansas will be competing in Zone D. Zone D is allocated eight qualifiers for the one-meter springboards, ten qualifiers in the three-meter boards and nine qualifiers in the platform. Unlike previous years, qualifying divers will only participate in the dives they qualified in at the championships.
Clark and Bortnick will compete in both the one- and three-meter springboards. Gillis and Bartlett will compete in all three events.
The Razorbacks enter the Championships after record-setting performances in the 2014-15 season. On Arkansas’ senior day against Missouri State, Bartlett, Bortnick and Clark each set multiple personal-bests on the one- and three-meter boards.
Live diving results can be found here.
The Razorback swimming team will next take to the pool in the NCAA Championships in Greensboro, N.C., on March 19-21.
Zone Diving Schedule
Monday, three-meter springboard
Tuesday, one-meter springboard
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