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Zdanowski Wraps Up 2014 At NCAA Zone A Diving Championships
Junior puts forth program-best finish on 1M with 23rd place finish
March 12, 2014Tweet
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Christiansburg, Va.—Junior diver Devin Zdanowski once again set a new bench mark for the Binghamton diving program by placing 23rd in the 1M at the 2014 NCAA Zone A Diving Championships held at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center on Tuesday. He tallied a score of 261.35, besting his own record that he set a season ago at the 2013 NCAA Zone A Championships.
Zdanowski, who’s competing at zones for the second consecutive season, topped his 2013 score by 14.20 points in the prelims yesterday and surpassed 24 others competing from Christiansburg.
“Similar to last year, Devin got better as the event entered the second day of competition,” head coach Sean Clark said. “Typically he’s stronger on the 3M board, but was actually able to finish higher on the 1M on Tuesday. It was a really strong finish to the end of the season for him that included a good performance here and his ECAC Diver of the Meet award that he won a few weeks back.”
In three-meter board action on Monday, Zdanowski recorded a six-dive prelim score of 263.55 which was good for 30th place out of 46. The Brighton HS product finished in 12th in the 3M a season ago and compiled the highest two-round total in school history at 617.15.
“As a program we were thrilled to have Devin representing Binghamton at zones for the second straight year,” Clark explained. “It’s only been done one other time in our program (by Ryan Graham), so to have him accomplish this in back-to-back seasons is quite a feat.”
As a freshman, 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.
In 2014, the Rochester native had an outstanding junior campaign. He finished first on 12 separate occasions, highlighted by his first-place finish on the three-meter board at the ECAC Championships two weeks ago in Annapolis, Md.. In addition, he also earned a silver medal in the one-meter and earned ECAC Diver of the Meet for his effort. He qualified for both boards with his performance on the 3M in a dual meet against Bucknell where he recorded a score of 332.48.
Zone A, which covers Division I schools from Virginia up to Maine, will send 11 total competitors (6 women, 5 men) to the NCAA Championships following Wednesday’s final day from Christiansburg. Four other zones (Greensboro, N.C., Columbus, Ohio, Minneapolis, Minn. and Colorado Springs, Colo.) will also send divers to the NCAA meet which takes place in Austin, Texas on March 27-29.