Fourteen NCAC student-athletes participated in the 2017 NCAA Division III Diving Regionals last weekend. Divers from Denison, DePauw, Kenyon, Wabash and Wooster competed at the Region I event at Calvin College’s Venema Aquatic Center, while Allegheny divers traveled to New York for the Region 4 event, held at Ithaca College’s Aquatics Pavilion on the same dates.
In total, three men’s divers and one women’s diver from the North Coast have unoficially qualified to compete at the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, set for March 15-18, at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.
In the women’s competition, Denison freshman Allison Fitzgerald (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Central) will be the lone NCAC diver to compete at the national meet after she finished second at Calvin on the one-meter board with a score of 429.95 and sixth on the three-meter board with 430.60 points. Joining Fitzgerald in the one-meter competition from the NCAC was Denison senior Sarah Lopez (Vernon Hills, IL/Vernon Hills) in 10th (396.60), DU sophomore Emma Weber (Cincinnati, OH/Wyoming) in 12th (393.25) and Kenyon sophomore Madeline Carlson (Wayzata, MN/Blake School) in 13th (390.10). In the three-meter competition, Weber placed ninth with 419.95 points, followed by Lopez in 15th (382.95) and Carlson in 17th (372.35).
In addition, the Allegheny duo of junior Rachel Steiner (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty) and freshman Brionna Litwin (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) were in action over the weekend at the Ithaca Regional. In the one-meter event, Litwin finished 17th overall with 366.85 points and Steiner placed 20th with 364.40 points. Litwin then went on to finish 14th on the three-meter board with a score of 396.05, while Steiner was 22nd overall in the three-meter with 350.70 points.
On the men’s side, the Denison senior duo of Max Levy (Sammamish, WA/Skyline) and Brian Allen (Flagstaff, AZ/Flagstaff) have both qualified to compete in Texas. Levy was simply outstanding over the two-day event as he was victorious on both boards with winning scores of 523.70 (one-meter) and 567.00 (three-meter), while Allen finished second in the three-meter event with 564.75 points and third overall on the one-meter board with 495.30 points.
In the men’s one-meter competition at Calvin, Kenyon sophomore Ryder Sammons (Kent, CT/Kent) was the next highest NCAC-finisher in 14th with 435.85 points, followed by Kenyon senior Derek Hoare (San Clemente, CA/Capistrano Valley) in 20th (400.20), DePauw junior Eric Addy (Grosse Pointe, MI/South) in 21st (389.50), Wooster senior Aaron Salzman (Rochester, NY/Brighton) in 26th (367.75) and Denison freshman Michael Burke (St. Charles, IL/North) in 28th (354.10).
On the three-meter board, Burke was the NCAC’s best finisher outside of Levy and Allen in ninth-place with 458.80 points. He was followed by Sammons in 17th (418.20), Addy in 24th (359.70), Hoare in 25th (358.75) and Salzman in 28th (303.40).
In addition, DU’s Burke will be listed as the first men’s alternate for the National Championships out of region I.