Led by senior Jack Nyquist and junior Elissa Dawson, five North Carolina divers qualified for NCAA Championships after a successful run at the NCAA Zone B diving championships.
The Tar Heels got off to a hot start on Monday, as Nyquist finished third in the men’s 1-meter diving with a score of 713.45. Redshirt sophomore Sean Burston jumped from sixth in the preliminary round to fifth and finished the event with a score of 685.35. Those scores were good enough for both to qualify for the NCAA championships. Dawson finished second in women’s 3-meter diving with a score of 636.85.
On Tuesday, the third Tar Heel ticket was punched to the NCAA’s as sophomore Maria Lohman moved up from eighth to seventh from preliminaries in the 1-meter platform to clinch a bid with a score of 559.80. Dawson finished fifth with a score of 563.50 to qualify for her second NCAA championship slot. In the 3-meter men’s event, Nyquist finished third to qualify with a score of 775.85. Burston just missed qualifying for his second event as he finished 14th on the day.
On the final day of competition, first-year Bryan Allen and Dawson picked up the final two bids for NCAA’s in the 10-meter platform event. Allen finished seventh with a score of 661.15. Dawson placed fourth at 523.45 points in her final event.
Who stood out?
All five aforementioned divers stood out for the Tar Heels, but Dawson and Nyquist were especially spectacular. The two divers, who have been stellar all season, continued their great runs, qualifying for five combined events in the NCAAs. Burston qualified for the 1-meter diving event in the NCAAs with his fifth place finish. Lohman qualified for the NCAAs for her second year in a row in the 1-meter platform and Allen qualified for 10-meter platform in his first year as a Tar Heel.