March 6, 2012
A quartet of divers from the No. 4-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team will take part in the NCAA Zone C Diving Regionals this weekend (Thu-Sat., March 8-10) at Indiana's Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind. Thursday's three-meter competition and Friday's one-meter diving will begin at 1 p.m. and platform diving will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Wolverines will send a contingent of sophomores in Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./Berkshire School), Thomas Jahnke (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron), Chris Ervasti (Madison Heights, Mich./Lamphere) and James Ross (Richmond, Va./Collegiate). Each will compete in all three events.
The allotment of divers that will be sent to the NCAA Championships is determined on how divers from that zone did at last year's NCAA Championships. This season, Zone C will send seven divers to the national meet. For more information, see the following links: Zone Diving Roundup Central | How Qualification Works.
FLIP AND TWIST
U-M at NCAA Zones -- Michigan will be sending multiple divers to the NCAA Zone Diving Regionals for the third time since 2007. Jason Coben (2000-04), the 2003 platform national champion, is the last Wolverine to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships. Coben qualified each year of his career, culminating in U-M's last bid in 2004.
Qualifying Marks -- Here is a look at the marks that earned all three Wolverines a spot at the NCAA Zone C Diving Regionals.
340.25 -- Three-meter, Dec. 3
328.25 -- Three-meter, Oct. 15
307.60 -- One-meter, Oct. 15
300.65 -- One-meter, Oct. 15
Lee Qualifies for Finals at Big Ten's -- Michigan's divers got in on the action as the Wolverines claimed their 36th Big Ten title (Feb. 22-25). Jack Lee scored on the one-meter for the second consecutive year with one point (16th place) and made the finals on platform after tallying a 362.30 in the prelims before placing eighth in the finals with a 324.00 to earn eight points for the Wolverine effort. Lee also took 10th in the three-meter competition, scoring a 355.30.
Looking to Improve -- Jack Lee will return to the zone championships for the second straight year, as he scored a 567.00 to place 11th on platform last year. On one-meter, he took 28th with a 236.10 and 33rd on three-meter (253.10). The trip to zones will be the first in the career of Thomas Jahnke, Chris Ervasti and James Ross.
Leading of the Wolverines -- Head diving coachKZ Liis in his second season with the Wolverines after spending the last two years as the co-head coach of the U.S. Elite Diving Academy in Columbus, Ohio. Li, who coached Minnesota's divers from 1996-2003, is a two-time Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year, winning the honor in 2001 (men) and 1998 (women).
Thu-Sat., March 22-24, Noon/7 p.m. PST -- at NCAA Championships (Federal Way, Wash.)