March 10, 2011

AUSTIN --- Five Texas A&M divers will be seeking to join their swimming teammates at their respective NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships by qualifying at the NCAA Zone D Diving regional Friday through Sunday at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Seeking to punch their tickets to the NCAA Championships will be juniors Janie Potvin, Lorena Lujan and Jo Thibodaux from the Aggie women's team and juniors Grant Nel and Cam McLean from the men's squad. NCAA Zone "D" has been allocated seven NCAA Championships bids for men's divers and 11 bids for women's divers.

Potvin, Nel and McLean through the Zone diving process previously with Nel making the NCAA cut in 2009 and 2010, McLean in 2009 and Potvin in 2010. Nel has earned three top eight finishes in his two trips to NCAAs, including a bronze finish in the three-meter dive last year. McLean took 16th on the one-meter in 2009, and Potvin had a pair of top nine finishes at the 2010 Championships. Lujan and Thibodaux are veterans of the zone qualification process, but will be seeking their first-ever trips to the NCAA final site.

Below is the rank of criteria utilized to determine the qualifiers for the NCAA Championships; the criteria are utilized until seven men and 11 women are selected. The women's qualifiers will advance to the NCAA Championships in Austin (March 17-19) while the men's qualifiers will compete at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. (March 24-26).

As an example, in accordance to the listing below, if women's diver A wins the one-meter, three-meter and platform events, only one NCAA Championships bid is taken by that diver, and 11 women's bids still remain available. If three separate divers win the platform, one-meter and three-meter events, three bids are awarded and nine remain. Bids are not subtracted from a zone if one diver wins two or more events; the progression down the list of criteria continues until seven male divers and 11 female divers are selected.

Live results can be accessed at: divemeets.com

QUALIFICATION ORDER

1. Platform winner 2. Three-meter winner 3. One-meter winner 4. Second place: Three-meter 5. Second place: One-meter 6. Third place: Three-meter 7. Third place: One-meter 8. Second place: Platform 9. Fourth place: Three-meter 10. Fourth place: One-meter 11. Fifth place: Three-meter 12. Third place: Platform 13. Fifth place: One-meter 14. Sixth place: Three-meter 15. Sixth place: One-meter 16. Fourth place: Platform 17. Seventh place: Three-meter 18. Seventh place: One-meter 19. Eighth place: Three-meter 20. Fifth place: Platform 21. Eighth place: One-meter 22. Ninth place: Three-meter 23. Ninth place: One-meter 24. Sixth place: Platform 25. 10th place: Three-meter 26. 10th place: One-meter 27. 11th place: Three-meter 28. Seventh place: Platform 29. 11th place: One-meter 30. 12th place: Three-meter 31. 12th place: One-meter

NCAA Zone D Diving Schedule

Friday, March 11

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Men's 1-meter

3:30 - 6:45 p.m. - Women's 3-meter

Saturday, March 12

10 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Women's 1-meter

4:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. - Men's 3-meter

Sunday, March 13

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Women's platform

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Men's platform