Michaela Sliney finished eighth in the 1M at the NCAA Diving Zone C qualifier, held on the campus of Purdue. With the finish, she punches her ticket to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas in both the 1M and 3M springboard. 

Sliney qualified 10th earlier today with a score of 267.65. She moved up into the No. 8 slot with a total score of 542.25. 

Teammates Molly Fears finished 24th with a score of 252.50 and Brianna Price finished 48th with a 218.70.  

On the men’s side, Daniel Pinto finished 24th on the 3M board with a score of 294.85. 

Securing at least one automatic-qualifying finish is crucial. The top 12 overall in each event remains the other notable portion of the leaderboard. Once a diver has auto-qualified in one event, he or she only has to be among the top 12 in an additional event to also be eligible to compete in it at NCAAs.  At Zones, the top-18 finishers in the springboard prelims and the top 12 in the platform prelims advance to the championship rounds, from which the divers qualify for the NCAA Championships. Scores carry over from prelims to finals.

There are five Zone Championships meets around the country. Zone C is the last of the five to begin. The other four were all held Monday through Wednesday of this week. Hosts this week included Navy (Zone A), Auburn (Zone B), Texas (Zone D) and Northern Arizona (Zone E). Texas is also hosting both the men’s and women’s NCAA Championships later this month. Zone C includes universities in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. Unlike their swimmer counterparts, the divers have to perform well this weekend to qualify for the NCAA Championships. No other scores or results from regular-season competition are considered.

AUTOMATIC QUALIFYING SPOTS TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM ZONE C
Top 12 in an event also qualify for NCAAs if he or she has already auto-qualified
1-Meter – Women: 9 // Men: 11
3-Meter – Women: 8 // Men: 8
Platform – Women: 12 // Men: 8

ZONE C SCHEDULE
Top 18 in springboard prelims, Top 12 in platform prelims advance to finals
Thursday at 1 p.m. – Men’s 1-Meter, Women’s 3-Meter
Friday at 1 p.m. – Women’s 1-Meter, Men’s 3-Meter
Saturday at 11 a.m. – Women’s Platform, Men’s Platform to follow (2 p.m.)  

Nancy Allison Worley
Associate Director, Sports Information
University of Louisville Athletics

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