March 11, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Kevin Bain (Northville, Mich./Northville), sophomore Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill) and senior James Ross (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) of the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team will attempt to qualify for the NCAA Championships at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships, set to be held Thursday through Saturday (March 13-15) at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. They will compete on three-meter on Thursday (1 p.m.), one-meter on Friday (1 p.m.) and platform on Saturday (11 a.m.).
This is Ross' third trip to Zones, while it's the second for Faerber and the first Bain. They are looking to become the first U-M diver since Jason Coben (2001-04) to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Coben qualified all four of his years and won a national championship on platform in 2003.
The official selections for the swimmers will be announced on Wednesday (March 12).
HOW TO QUALIFY
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 eight bids for the men (nine for the women).
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 eight qualifying spots among the three competitions. In Zone C, automatic bids go to the top four finishers in the three-meter, the top three performers in the one-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 eight qualifying slots allotted to his or her gender. So divers that place just below the automatic qualifying spots can still receive NCAA berths.
Once a competitor qualifies for the NCAA Championships -- set for March 27-29 in Austin, Texas -- 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.
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