Off the Blocks #12: Three Wolverines to Compete in NCAA Zone C Regionals

March 7, 2011

Thu-Sat., March 10-12 -- at NCAA Zone C Diving Regionals (Columbus, Ohio), 1 p.m./11 a.m.
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Three divers from the No. 9-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 10-12) at Ohio State's McCorckle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. Thursday's one-meter competition and Friday's three-meter diving will begin at 1 p.m. and platform diving will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Freshmen Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./Berkshire School) and Thomas Jahnke (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) will join junior Chris Morrison (Fenton, Mich./Fenton) in all three events.

Each of the five zones receive four automatic qualifying berths to the NCAA Championships (March 24-26), with the other bids determined by 2010 NCAA finishes. Zone C will receive an additional six bids, bringing the total to 10 from the region heading on the national championships. Each place from all three boards is assigned a number, with the platform winner being granted the first bid. Once the competition is over, bids are handed out in order of those numbers until nine different individuals have made the national championship meet. A total of 35 divers will compete at this year's national championships.

U-M at NCAA Zones -- Michigan will be sending multiple divers to the NCAA Zone Diving Regionals for the first 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 Zonce C Diving Regionals.

One-meter Diving (290^/300^)
326.17^ Jack Lee (Feb. 5 at Michigan State)
315.65^ Chris Morrison (Jan. 28 vs. Big Ten Quad)
251.05 Thomas Jahnke (Nov. 19 at Purdue Invitational)
Three-meter Diving (310^/320^)
367.73^ Thomas Jahnke (Feb. 5 at Michigan State)
342.30^ Chris Morrison (Nov. 5 at Indiana, vs. Texas)
310.30 Jack Lee (Jan. 28 vs. Big Ten Quad)
Platform Diving (290^/300^)
322.50^ Jack Lee (Jan. 8 at No. 14 Indiana)
298.98 Chris Morrison (Jan. 8 at No. 14 Indiana)
290.85 Thomas Jahnke (Jan. 29 vs. Big Ten Quad)

He Leaps, He Scores! -- Michigan's divers got in on the action as the Wolverines claimed their 35th Big Ten title (Feb. 23-26). Jack Lee became the first U-M diver to score in one-meter since 2006, earning one point with a 16th-place finish. Chris Morrison earned points for U-M off the three-meter springboard for the first time since 2007 with a 13th-place finish.

Elder Statesman -- Chris Morrison will be making a return trip to the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships. At the 2010 event, Morrison finished 10th in the platform (557.90) as U-M's lone representative. He also finished 27th in the one-meter (233.90) and 31st in the three-meter (219.05).

Leading of the Wolverines -- Head diving coach KZ Li is in his first 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).

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Considered one of the finest college-owned swimming and diving facilities when it was constructed in 1988 at a cost of approximately $8.5 million, a renovation in 1998 upgraded Canham to a state-of-the-art swimming and diving facility. The 59,000-square foot natatorium houses a 50-meter pool, eight lanes wide, that can be divided into two separate 25-yard pools by movable bulkheads. The Dick Kimball Diving Pool, located at the west end of the facility, features an Olympic Tower, one- and three-meter springboards and a hot tub. On the east end of the mezzanine level is one of two full-service training rooms on the U-M athletic campus. One of Michigan's three weight training and conditioning facilities is also located in the natatorium.

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