Five Wolverines to Dive at NCAA Zone Championships
Thomas Jahnke

March 11, 2013

Thu-Sat., March 14-16 -- at NCAA Zone C Diving Championships (West Lafayette, Ind.), 1 p.m./1 p.m./11 a.m.

Coverage: Live Results

Five University of Michigan men's divers -- Timothy Faerber, Thomas Jahnke, Jack Lee, Nate Rietberg and James Ross -- will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to compete in the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships, to be held from Thursday (March 14) to Saturday (March 16) at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

Lee and Jahnke will represent the U-M men for the third time and Ross for the second time at Zones. Faerber and Rietberg are each making their first appearances. The meet determines which divers from the region will compete at the NCAA Championships, scheduled for March 28-30 in Indianapolis, Ind.

On Thursday (March 14), the men will compete on one-meter and, and on Friday (March 15) they will dive three-meter, with both days beginning at 1 p.m. Both men and women will compete on platform at 11 a.m. on Saturday (March 16). 


There are five Zone meets around the country. Each Zone is allotted a different number of qualifying berths to the NCAA Championships, with Zone C receiving nine for both genders this year.

The top 18 finishers in the prelims advance to the championship rounds, from which the divers qualify for the NCAA Championships. There is a unique matrix utilized to divvy up the nine qualifying spots among the three competitions. In Zone C, automatic bids go to the top four finishers in the 3-meter, the top three performers in the 1-meter and the top two finishers in the platform.

However, if a competitor places highly among multiple events at his or her Zone meet, he or she will not account for more than one of the nine qualifying slots allotted to his or her gender. So divers that place just below the automatic qualifying spots still receive NCAA berths sometimes. 

Place One-Meter Three-Meter Platform
1 3 2 1
2 5 4 8
3 7 6 12
4 10 9 16
5 13 11 20
6 15 14 24
7 18 17 28
8 21 19
9 23 22
10 26 25
11 29 27
12 31 30

Once a competitor qualifies for the NCAA Championships in any of the three diving events, he or she is permitted to compete on all three boards at NCAAs. However, divers must continue to compete in every event at their Zone meet even if they qualify for NCAAs on the first day of Zones.


DIVER One-Meter Three-Meter Platform
Timothy Faerber 307.35 (Feb. 1) 334.25 (March 2) 387.25 (March 2)
Thomas Jahnke 327.00 (Feb. 1) 351.30 (Feb. 1) 330.70 (Feb. 16)
Jack Lee 357.75 (Feb. 1) 420.67 (Feb. 1) 356.80 (March 2)
Nate Rietberg 318.45 (Feb. 1) 350.10 (Feb. 1) 251.95 (Feb. 16)
James Ross 333.52 (Feb. 1) 380.62 (Feb. 1) 326.40 (Dec. 2)

Big Ten Diver of the Week:
Jack Lee (Oct. 2 and Feb. 5)
James Ross (Jan. 8)

Last Year at the Event
Jack Lee was the men's top performer at Zones last season, finishing seventh from the platform, 14th from the one-meter and 20th from the three-meter. Thomas Jahnke placed 15th from the platform, 36th from the one-meter and 39th from the three-meter. James Ross took 16th from the platform, 33rd from the one-meter and 30th from the three meter.

Jason Coben (2000-04) is the last male diver to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships. He went to the championship meet in each year of his career, and won the 2003 platform national championship.

The swimming selections for the men's national championship meet will be announced on Wednesday (March 13).

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423