Three Divers Qualify for NCAA Tournament
Issue   |   Tue, 03/04/2014 - 23:57

The Amherst men’s and women’s diving teams traveled to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York to compete in the NCAA Regional Diving Championships from February 28 to March 1. 44 divers from the Northeast-North Region’s 65 schools competed for seven available spots in the NCAA meet. The student-athletes qualify in one of two ways: by meeting the qualifying standard twice during the qualification period or once at their conference championship meet on either diving board.

Senior Lizzy Linsmayer qualified on the women’s side, finishing the 3-meter championship in second place with 512.80 points, and fourth in the 1-meter championship with a score of 462.90. Colin White ’14 and Mark Idleman ’15 both qualified on the men’s side. In the 1-meter dive, Idleman placed second at 537.55 points while White came in fourth at 512.55. The tables turned in the 3-meter dive. White finished in second with a score of 561.35 and Idleman finished fifth with 499.75. The qualifications mean a lot for the divers.

“I’m excited to have qualified for nationals a second time, and I’m looking forward to competing with my two fellow Amherst divers in Indianapolis,” said Idleman. “I’m just focusing on being relaxed and diving consistently in the time leading up to NCAAs.”

The NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships will be held from March 19 to March 22 in Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.