Denison's Fitzgerald Qualifies For Nationals

Denison sophomore Allison Fitzgerald was the lone NCAC diver to qualify for the 2018 NCAA Div. III Championships
Denison sophomore Allison Fitzgerald was the lone NCAC diver to qualify for the 2018 NCAA Div. III Championships

NCAC Weekly Swimming & Diving Release - (3/6/18)

Nine NCAC student-athletes participated in the 2018 NCAA Division III Diving Regionals last weekend. Divers from Denison, Kenyon and Wabash competed at the Region I Event, March 2-3, at The University of Chicago’s Myers-McLoraine Pool, while the Allegheny divers traveled to New York for the Region 4 Event, held at Ithaca College’s Aquatics Pavilion on the same dates. 

Denison sophomore Allison Fitzgerald (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Central) was the lone diver from the NCAC to qualify for the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships after finishing second on the three-meter board at the regional competition with 451.30 points and 11th overall in the one-meter event with 369.00 total points. 

Joining Fitzgerald in the three-meter event at Chicago was junior teammate Emma Weber (Cincinnati, OH/Wyoming) in eighth (402.60), Kenyon junior Madeline Carlson (Wayzata, MN/Blake School) in ninth (401.70) and Big Red classmate Naomi Clayton (Lexington, KY/Sayre) in 10th (390.45). Clayton led the NCAC contingent in the women’s one-meter event in Chicago by placing fifth overall with 395.70 points, while Weber finished eighth (382.20) and Carlson was ninth overall with 380.40 points. 

In addition, the Allegheny duo of senior Rachel Steiner (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty) freshmen Chelsea Pietrzycki (Parma, OH/Parma) were in action over the weekend at the Ithaca Regional. In the one-meter event, Steiner finished 15th overall with 374.20 points and Pietrzycki placed 20th with 353.30 points. Steiner then went on to finish 19th on the three-meter board with a score of 371.40, while Pietrzycki was 26th overall with a score of 353.30. 

On the men’s side, Kenyon senior Josh Yuen-Schat (Honolulu, HI/Kaiser), Kenyon junior Ryder Sammons (Kent, CT/Kent) and Wabash junior Aaron Embree (Springville, IN/Bedford North Lawrence) bot competed at the Region I event at the University of Chicago. In the one-meter event, Sammons finished 13th with 399.0 points, while Embree checked in at 21st (360.65) and Yuen-Schate finished 24th with 340.80 total points.. Sammons also led the trio on the three-meter board, placing eighth overall with 433.25 points, while Embree finished 15th with 402.55 total points and Yuen-Schat placed 22nd with 362.90 points.