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Zdanowski Heads To NCAA Zone Championships

Sophomore becomes second BU diver ever to compete at Zone's

March 15, 2013


Zdanowski Heads To NCAA Zone Championships

Day One Results

Day Two Results

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - VESTAL, N.Y. – Sophomore diver Devin Zdanowski will become just the second Binghamton diver to participate in an NCAA Zone Championship when he begins competition, Friday afternoon at the Christianburg Aquatic Center (CAC). The three-day meet (March 15-17) hosted by Virginia Tech is one of five Zone competitions being held across the country. Zdanowski will compete in both the one-meter and three-meter dive in Zone A, which stretches across the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Zdanowski qualified for the Zone Championship in Binghamton’s final dual meet of the season at Marist. The two-time all-conference diver scored a 341.15 on the three-meter board exceeding the 320 points needed to qualify. At the America East Championship last month, Zdanowski surpassed the Zone standard of 300 for the one-meter dive during the preliminary round with a total of 309.75. Zdanowski took silver on the three-meter board (336.55) and bronze on the one-meter (262.95) at the conference meet.

In his first year at Binghamton, Zdanowski just missed qualifying for Zone’s in both diving events coming within .02 points on the one-meter board (298.98) and 1.70 points on the three-meter (318.30), setting BU freshmen records in the process.

Ryan Graham (2008 & 2009) and Nick Turner (2009) are the other two Binghamton divers to qualify for the Zone competition; however Turner did not participate in the meet. Zdanowski has accomplished a feat that only Graham has prior, by qualifying for both the one-meter and three-meter dive. Graham, the brother of BU diving coach Samantha Graham, competed in both diving events at the Zone Championships in 2008 and 2009. Graham is the school record holder in the one-meter (318.07) and three-meter (348.00) dive.

There are over 80 divers from 30 schools participating at the NCAA Zone A Championship with 11 spots throughout both fields (six women, five men) open for the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Five of the 11 slots have been allocated to Zone A for the NCAA Championship Meet.

The one-meter and three-meter events will consist of a preliminary round of six dives using all five groups. The top 18 finishers from the preliminary round will advance to the final round and will perform a second list of six dives using all five groups.
Friday’s events will consist of the women’s three-meter and men’s one-meter events while the women’s one-meter and men’s three-meter competitions will be held on Saturday. Men’s and women’s platform diving will be held on Sunday.

The four other regional competitions being held this weekend are in Houston, Texas, Knoxville, Tenn., West Lafayette, Ind., and USAF Academy, Colo., and will determine the national field.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, March 15
12:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Women’s 3-Meter / Men’s 1-Meter – Prelims
15 minute break to determine top 18
2:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Women’s 3-Meter / Men’s 1-Meter – Finals

Saturday, March 16
12:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Women’s 1-Meter / Men’s 3-Meter – Prelims
15 minute break to determine top 18
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Women’s 1-Meter / Men’s 3-Meter – Finals

Sunday, March 17
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Women’s & Men’s Platform – Prelims and Finals

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