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.