Divers Finish First Day At Zone D Championships
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Four Arkansas divers competed in the one-meter springboard competition during the first day of action at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships held at Texas A&M’s Student Recreation Center Natatorium Monday.
Sophomore Nicole Gillis advanced to the 18-diver final, posting a 12-dive total of 577.75 for 10th place overall.
Seniors Hannah Bortnick and Shelby Bartlett just missed the finals by 7.05 and 7.85 points, respectively. Bortnick finished 23rd overall with a six-dive score of 256.45 while Bartlett was 25th at 255.65. Freshman Molly Harvie rounded out the Razorbacks’ cohort, placing 50th with a score of 195.50.
“Today was a good day,” Arkansas diving coach Jeff DiNicola said. “Nicole dove exceptionally well, Hannah and Shelby were very steady and Molly had a solid learning day. I’m expecting them to dive consistent and strong tomorrow just like today.”
Action continues Tuesday with the three-meter springboard competition at 11 a.m. Live results from the meet can be found at DiveMeets.com.
The NCAA Zone D Diving Championships is one of five meets across the nation, serving as a qualifier for the 2016 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships March 16-19 at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta. Zone D is allocated six qualifiers for the one-meter springboard and nine qualifiers in each the three-meter springboard and platform.
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