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NCAC Weekly Release (3-2-15) - NCAA Diving Regionals

NCAC Weekly Release (3-2-15) - NCAA Diving Regionals

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Thirteen NCAC student-athletes participated in the 2015 NCAA Division III Diving Regionals, held last weekend, February 27-28. Divers from Denison, DePauw, Kenyon and Wittenberg competed at the Region I event held at the University of Chicago’s Myers-McLoraine Pool, while Allegheny divers traveled to New York for the Region 4 event, held at SUNY-Geneseo’s Alumni Pool.

In total, five men’s divers and one women’s diver from the North Coast have unofficially qualified to compete at the 2014 NCAA Div. III Swimming & Diving Championships, set for March 18-21, at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.

Kenyon junior Maria Zarka (Kanoehe, HI/Kalaheo) {pictured} was the league’s lone female to qualify for the national meet after she swept both boards in Chicago over the weekend with winning scores of 523.90 (one meter) and 524.05 (three meter). Denison sophomore Sarah Lopez (Vernon Hills, IL/Vernon Hills) and Wittenberg freshman Kaitlyn Black (Fort Wayne, IN/Homestead) also competed at the Chicago regional.  Lopez finished 16th (421.00) on the one-meter board and 26th (395.20) in the three-meter competition, while Black was 25th (393.25) in the one-meter competition and 28th (383.30) on the three-meter board.

In addition, the Allegheny duo of junior Erica Salizzoni (McMurray, PA/Peters Twp.) and freshman Rachel Steiner (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty) were in action at SUNY-Geneseo over the weekend. In the one- meter event, Salizzoni finished 16th overall with 349.85 points and Steiner placed 29th with 301.25 points. Salizzoni then went on to finish 24th overall on the three-meter board with 303.10 points.

On the men’s side, five Denison divers have qualified to compete at the national meet, led by senior Connor Dignan (Phoenix, AZ/Desert Vista), who earned regional titles on both boards after tallying 557.75 points on the one-meter board and 638.35 points in the three-meter competition. Also qualifying for the national meet from Denison was sophomore Max Levy (Sammamish, WA/Skyline), junior Ben Lewis (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park-River Forest), sophomore Brian Allen (Flagstaff, AZ/Flagstaff) and junior Nathan Lightman (Libertyville, IL/Vernon Hills).

In the three-meter competition, Levy finished second overall with 571.35 points, followed by Allen in sixth (550.35), Lewis in seventh (546.25), junior Connor Dorff (Ambler, PA/Chestnut Hill Acad.) in 10th (512.45), Lightman in 14th (474.30), Kenyon sophomore Derek Hoare (San Clemente, CA/Capistrano Valley) in 25th (404.55) and DePauw freshman Eric Addy (Grosee Pointe, MI/South) in 27th (374.70).

Levy also followed Dignan in the men’s one-meter competition in Chicago, finishing third overall with 517.75 points. He was followed by Lewis in fifth (510.65), Allen in sixth (502.40), Lightman in seventh (500.05), Dorff in ninth (493.45), Hoare in 21st (429.70) and Addy in 25th (396.30).