Kendall Hollimon and Maia Presti of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) led 12 divers from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) at the NCAA Division III Region 2 regionals over the weekend at the Palo Alto College Aquatics Center hosted by Trinity College in San Antonio, Texas.
Hollimon and Presti will represent CMS and the SCIAC later this month at the NCAA Division III Championship meet in Indianopolis, Ind. From Mar. 21-24.
Hollimon sealed his second straight trip the NCAA Championships after posting a top score of 486.05 to win the 3-meter event, edging Trinity University's Daniel Valmassei (481.70). Redlands' Jacob Miner finished six on the 3-meter board (400.65), while fellow Bulldog Max Spiegel (352.35) placed eighth. Simon Duyungan of Chapman, and Bilguun Altantulkhuur of Pomona-Pitzer placed 10th and 11th respectively. Three divers in the men's field of 11 qualified to move on to the national championships later this month.
In the men's 1-meter event, Hollimon finished comfortable in second place behind Valmassei with a score of 460.80, posting a score 37 points higher than Trinity's Anthony Liva who finished third. Miner was once again the SCIAC's second highest finisher with a seventh place mark of 365.20, while Altantulkhuur finished eighth (348.00). Speigel and Duyungan rounded out the field with 10th and 11th place finishes.
On the women's side, Presti earned her second straight appearance (and third overall) to the NCAA Championships with a second place showing on the 1-meter board, notching a score of 411.00. Chapman's Kellyn Toole placed eighth in the event with a mark of 360.65, while Emma van der Veen of Pomona-Pitzer came in 11th with a score of 342.35. The Panthers' Simran Rajani, and Redlands' Samantha Scarano added 12th and 13th place marks, while the Athenas' Nia-Renee Cooper secured 15th. Kimberly Mehl of Cal Lutheran finished 17th overall.
Toole led the women's conference divers on the 3-meter board with a fifth place tally of 385.45, while van der Veen and Rajani added top-10 finishes with scores of 346.45 and 332.05 respectively. Cooper and Scarano rounded out the competition field of 15 divers in 14th and 15th place respectively.