March 12, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State swimming & diving program will send four divers to the NCAA Zone C Diving championships this week in Columbus, Ohio. Hosted by Ohio State, competition will take place at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion on Thursday, March 13 through Friday, March 14.
“Some of the top divers from the Big Ten are in a different zone, so we get some relief there, but they are replaced with many other excellent divers,” said assistant coach/diving Eric Best. “We should all be able to get to the regional final and with some excellent diving we can get to the NCAA Championship meet.”
Junior Alison Menzies and redshirt junior Cristee Cordes will be making their second-straight trip to the postseason meet, while freshmen Maddie Sewell and Brennan Labar will make their first appearance at the regional competition.
Prelims for the women’s 1-meter and men’s 3-meter competition begin on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET, while the men’s 1-meter and women’s 3-meter prelims will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. ET. The top 18 divers will qualify for the finals.
To qualify for the NCAA Championships, there are eight men’s spots and nine women’s spots for the Central region (Zone C). Divers must obtain just one Zone C qualifying score during the season to compete at the meet.
Recording a career-best score of 314.63, Menzies won the 3-meter in a tri-meet with Illinois and Liberty en route to punching her ticket to the Championships on October 25.
Cordes secured her NCAA Zone qualifying score in the first meet of the season against Northern Iowa, as she hit a personal-best score of 273.50 on the 1-meter board. The very next meet, she also qualified on the 3-meter with a season-high score of 292.05.
Making her first postseason appearance, Sewell also qualified at the Illinois/Liberty tri-meet. Earning her first collegiate win, she took first-place honors on the 1-meter with a qualifying score of 268.50.
Labar has made a significant impact for the Spartans throughout his freshman campaign. He qualified for the Championship meet in early November, taking first-place honors on the 1-meter with a score of 32.550.
Live results will be available through DiveMeets.com by clicking the link here.