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Zdanowski Produces Program Best Scores At NCAA Zone Championships
Sophomore diver finishes 12th on the 3-meter board and 30th on the 1-meter
March 18, 2013Tweet
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BLACKSBURG, Va. - Sophomore diver Devin Zdanowski had a historic performance for the Binghamton swimming and diving team at the NCAA Zone A Championships over the weekend at Virginia Tech’s Christianburg Aquatic Center. Zdanowski set a new standard for BU divers at the Zone meet, recording the highest score in program history on the one-meter and three-meter boards.
“Devin really did an outstanding job and ended the season on a high note,” head coach Sean Clark said. “He definitely proved he belonged with the best divers in the region and it was exciting to watch him do something pretty special.”
Zdanowski claimed the second top-15 finish by a BU diver at Zone’s, but placed two positions higher on the three-meter board than Ryan Graham did in 2009. Zdanowski’s two-round total of 617.15 bested Graham’s score by more than 35 points to finish 12th out of 42 divers. On the first day of action the second-year diver scored a 247.15 on the one-meter board also slipping past Graham’s 246.45 to finish 30th out of 43 divers.
On day two of the Zone meet, Zdanowski scored a 303.65 during the preliminary round surpassing the mark set by Graham in 2009 to qualify for the finals. The two-time all-conference diver from Brighton, N.Y. finished 12th in the prelims with the top-18 advancing. In the finals Zdanowski recorded a 313.50 to reclaim his 12th-place position.
“Devin put in a solid effort in on day one, but he really nailed everything during the second day,” Clark continued. “He was physically and mentally prepared to tackle the challenge and it was great to see him perform so well. Coach Graham did a tremendous job preparing Devin and helping him tune out the distractions and handle the pressure.”
Binghamton diving coach Samantha Graham, the sister of Ryan Graham, is in her first season at BU and has already made a significant impact. At the America East Championship in late February, Graham helped three different BU divers collect six medals, including the first gold in program history. Zdanowski earned two of the medals, taking silver on the three-meter board and bronze on the one-meter.
Zdanowski was one of three America East divers to compete in the Zone A Championship, topping two-time defending champion Andrew Eckhoff of UMBC in the three-meter dive.
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.
Five divers for the one-meter, three-meter and platform diving events advanced to the NCAA Championships, with four other regions filling out the rest of the field.