The NCAA announced the list of participants for the 2015 NCAA Division III Diving Regional events and 13 student-athletes from the North Coast have been selected to compete.
Divers from Denison, DePauw and Kenyon will travel to the University of Chicago's Myers-McLoraine Pool for the Region 1 event, February 27-28, while Allegheny divers will travel to New York for the Region 4 event, held at SUNY-Geneseo's Alumni Pool on the same dates.
On the women's side, the Allegheny duo of junior Erica Salizzoni (McMurray, PA/Peters Twp.) and freshman Rachel Steiner (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty) will be competing at SUNY-Geneseo, while Denison sophomore Sarah Lopez (Vernon Hills, IL/Vernon Hills), Kenyon junior Maria Zarka (Kanoehe, HI/Kalaheo) and Wittenberg freshman Kaitlyn Black (Fort Wayne, IN/Homestead) will square off against competitors in Chicago.
For the men, all nine NCAC divers will be traveling to Chicago, including DePauw freshman Eric Addy (Grosse Pointe, MI/South), Kenyon sophomore Derek Hoare (San Clemente, CA/Capistrano Valley) and the Denison contingent of sophomore Brian Allen (Flagstaff, AZ/Flagstaff), senior Connor Dignan (Phoenix, AZ/Desert Vista), senior Connor Dorff (Ambler, PA/Chestnut Hill Acad.), sophomore Max Levy (Sammamish, WA/Skyline), junior Ben Lewis (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park-River Forest), and junior Nathan Lightman (Libertyville, IL/Vernon Hills).
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 2015 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships will be held over a four-day period, March 18-21, at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.