March 11, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Senior Brianna Maroukis (Kalamazoo, Mich./Portage Northern), juniors Emily Boyd (Monrovia, Calif./Flintridge Heart Sacred Academy) and Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) and sophomores Elena Ghormley (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West) of the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan women'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 the third trip for Chen to Zones, the second for Kamstra and the first visit for Boyd, Ghormley and Maroukis. They are looking to become the first U-M diver since Amanda Lohman (2009-12) to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Lohman qualified her sophomore through senior seasons, finishing 10th on both the one-meter and three-meter in 2012.
Chen's best finishes at Zones all came as a freshman in 2012: sixth on platform, 19th on one-meter and 34th on three-meter. Kamstra finished 41st on three-meter and 46th on one-meter in her only other appearance at Zones (2013).
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 nine bids for the women (eight for the men).
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 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 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 -- scheduled for March 20-22 -- 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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