The NCAA announced the list of participants for the 2017 NCAA Division III Diving Regional events and 13 student-athletes from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference have been selected to compete.
Divers from Whittier, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Pomona-Pitzer, Chapman, Redlands and La Verne will be competing at the Region 2 event, February 24-25, at the Grinnell College Osgood Pool.
On the women's side five Athenas from CMS will be competing at Grinnell including Mary Lynn Clark, Nia-Renee Cooper, Jacquelyn Desmond, Carli Lessard and Maia Presti. The duo of Jessica Kolsky and Sami Scarano will represent Redlands while Kellyn Toole of Chapman, Ellen Wang of Pomona-Pitzer and Becca Ayers of Whittier will round out the list of SCIAC female competitors in Iowa.
For the men, the top three finishers in the 1-meter and 3-meter will represent the SCIAC as freshman Kendall Hollimon, who took the top spot in both events at the SCIAC championships, will be representing CMS. Freshman Jacob Miner of Redlands and freshman Andrew Tompkins of La Verne will be making their NCAA debut as well.
To qualify for participation in a regional meet a diver must achieve the qualifying standard at least once at a bona fide conference championship or twice (on the same board) during at any other bona fide competition and submit appropriate documentation of qualifying performances to the diving coordinator. If a diver only qualifies on one board, they may still dive both events at the regional meet. In order to be considered, a qualifying score and the dive sheet must have been submitted to the diving coordinator within 72 hours of the meet in which the score was accomplished.
Each regional meet is given a fixed number of national qualifiers. This number will be determined by the number of divers eligible to compete in a given region. At the end of the qualification period, all divers eligible to compete in a regional qualifier will be determined by the criteria listed above. The number of eligible divers at each region will be divided by the number of eligible divers at all regions and then multiplied by 24 to determine the ratio for the number of assigned national qualification spots. Standard rounding principals will be used to transform ratios into whole numbers. Regardless of ratios, no region will have less than two male qualifiers and two female qualifiers.
The qualifiers to the National Championships will be assigned by alternating between the highest finisher on day one and the highest finisher on day two, considering that divers already invited will be skipped. (Example with five qualifiers: 1-Winner from day one; 2-Highest finisher on day two, not already invited; 3-Highest finisher on day one, not already invited; 4-Highest finisher on day two, not already invited; 5-Highest finisher on day one, not already invited). This assures equal consideration is given to both boards.
The 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships will be held over a four-day period, March 15-18, at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.
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