The NCAA announced the list of participants for the 2017 NCAA Division III Diving Regional events and 14 student-athletes from the North Coast Athletic Conference have been selected to compete.
Divers from Denison, DePauw, Kenyon, Wabash and Wooster will be competing at the Region I event, February 24-25, at Calvin College's Venema Aquatic Center, while Allegheny divers will travel to New York for the Region 4 event, held at Ithaca College's Aquatics Pavilion on the same dates.
On the women's side, the Allegheny duo of junior Rachel Steiner (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty) and freshman Brionna Litwin (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) will be competing at Ithaca. Competing at Calvin will be the Denison trio of senior Sarah Lopez (Vernon Hills, IL/Vernon Hills), sophomore Emma Weber (Cincinnati, OH/Wyoming) and freshman Allison Fitzgerald (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Central), while Kenyon sophomore Madeline Carlson (Wayzata, MN/Blake School) will round out the list of NCAC female competitors in Michigan.
For the men, all eight NCAC divers will be competing at Calvin, including DePauw junior Eric Addy (Grosse Pointe, MI/South), Wabash sophomore Aaron Embree (Springville, IN/Bedford North Lawrence), Wooster senior Aaron Salzman (Rochester, NY/Brighton), the Kenyon duo of senior Derek Hoare (San Clemente, CA/Capistrano Valley) and sophomore Ryder Sammons (Kent, CT/Kent), and finally the Denison trio of senior Brian Allen (Flagstaff, AZ/Flagstaff), senior Max Levy (Sammamish, WA/Skyline) and freshman Michael Burke (St. Charles, IL/North).
To qualify for participation in a regional meet a diver must achieve the qualifying standard at least once at a bona fide conference championship or twice (on the same board) during at any other bona fide competition and submit appropriate documentation of qualifying performances to the diving coordinator. If a diver only qualifies on one board, they may still dive both events at the regional meet. In order to be considered, a qualifying score and the dive sheet must have been submitted to the diving coordinator within 72 hours of the meet in which the score was accomplished.
Each regional meet is given a fixed number of national qualifiers. This number will be determined by the number of divers eligible to compete in a given region. At the end of the qualification period, all divers eligible to compete in a regional qualifier will be determined by the criteria listed above. The number of eligible divers at each region will be divided by the number of eligible divers at all regions and then multiplied by 24 to determine the ratio for the number of assigned national qualification spots. Standard rounding principals will be used to transform ratios into whole numbers. Regardless of ratios, no region will have less than two male qualifiers and two female qualifiers.
The qualifiers to the National Championships will be assigned by alternating between the highest finisher on day one and the highest finisher on day two, considering that divers already invited will be skipped. (Example with five qualifiers: 1-Winner from day one; 2-Highest finisher on day two, not already invited; 3-Highest finisher on day one, not already invited; 4-Highest finisher on day two, not already invited; 5-Highest finisher on day one, not already invited). This assures equal consideration is given to both boards.
The 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships will be held over a four-day period, March 15-18, at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.