Swimming & diving preview: CSU divers ready for NCAA Zones

Four Colorado State divers will compete at this week's NCAA Diving Zones in Colorado Springs, Colo., the most representatives in more than a decade and tied for the second-most in the MW.

Four Colorado State divers will compete at this week's NCAA Diving Zones in Colorado Springs, Colo., the most representatives in more than a decade and tied for the second-most in the MW.

March 11, 2014

NCAA Diving Zones Preview (PDF)

1-Meter Springboard | Thursday

  • Prelims: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Finals: 1:45-2:45 p.m.


3-Meter Springboard | Friday

  • Prelims: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Finals: 1:45-2:45 p.m.


Four Colorado State divers will compete at this week’s NCAA Diving Zones in Colorado Springs, Colo., the most representatives in more than a decade.

“It’s a big meet,” head diving coach Kevin Witt said. “There are a lot of really, really good athletes there, and I expect our girls to be competitive. Our goal is to get as many of them into the finals of each event as possible.”

The Rams will be represented by Melissa Bollig, Paige Greely, Mary Kate Hardy and Ariana Milone. Each qualified throughout the season by scoring above 265 on 1-Meter boards or 280 on 3-Meter. Bollig, Greely and Milone will compete in both events, while Hardy will focus on 1-Meter. No CSU athlete will participate in Saturday’s platform diving event, which is rarely conducted during CSU’s meets throughout the season.

“I think that they should do well,” Witt said. “Springboard has been our strength all year. Some are better at 1- and some are better on 3-Meter, so I think there will be opportunities for everybody to step up and compete strongly. All of them can compete on both boards, so we have a good shot.”

CSU’s divers have been the most consistent athletes on the team this season, continuously being counted on to score points. Of 16 opportunities this season, a CSU diver finished in the top spot 10 times. Even more impressive, CSU swept a diving event on five occasions.

In a dual meet against New Mexico (Jan. 18), Milone scored 294.08 on the 1-Meter springboards, second-best in CSU history. A week later, at Wyoming, Greely scored a personal-best 304.58 on the 3-Meter boards, which ranks fourth all-time. Milone was twice named the Mountain West Women’s Diver of the Week.

“It’s been a good year for us,” Witt said. “All of our divers have done a great job at scoring a lot of points for us. The diving scores are blended in to the overall swim meet scores, but I think if I were to score out just our divers versus other teams’ divers, we’d be at a pretty good spot from a records standpoint. That’s exciting to know going into a meet like this.”

At last month’s Mountain West Championships, Milone and Bollig earned All-Mountain West honors for placing fifth and eighth, respectively, in 1-Meter diving.

Throughout this week’s regional action, 93 athletes representing 25 schools are expected to compete. CSU is tied for second in the MW with four representatives.

Following each day’s morning prelims, the top 18 divers will be invited back for the afternoon finals. Scoring will be cumulative between the six prelim dives and six jumps from the finals. The top two athletes in each event will be guaranteed a spot at the NCAA Championships.

“My hope is that we get into the finals,” Witt said. “From there, anything can happen. I hope they’re consistent and competitive, and I expect that they will be. I think their mindset is good. It’s a long season, especially after a long week at the conference championships, but they’ve done a good job. I think they’re excited to get down there and have a great meet.”


 

 

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