DURHAM, N.C. – Eight Blue Devil divers will take to the boards in Knoxville, Tenn., this week at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships.
The meet, which gets underway Monday and continues through Wednesday at Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center, represents the qualification route for divers to reach the 2018 NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio and Minneapolis, Minn., later this month.
The top five female and top four male divers in each event within the five zones will be eligible to compete at the NCAA Championships. Additional divers may qualify based on the number of student-athletes from a particular zone who finished in the top 16 of that event at last year’s NCAA Championships. At NCAAs, a diver may compete in any of the three disciplines provided that he or she earns one of the invitation spots and places in the top 12 of the other two events at the Zones meet.
The breakdown of Zone B qualifying spots for 2017-18 is as follows:
Women: 7 1M/7 3M/9 Platform
Men: 6 1M/6 3M/7 Platform
Competing for the Blue Devil women will be senior MaryEllen Targonski, juniors Lizzie Fitzpatrick and Mackenzie Willborn and sophomore Jaina Gaudette. The Duke men will be represented by juniors Evan Moretti and Josh Owsiany, sophomore Nathaniel Hernandez and freshman Teddy Zeng.
Head diving coach Nunzio Esposto’s group is coming off of a strong showing at the ACC Championships. Targonski claimed All-ACC honors for the second time in her career, placing second in the platform diving championship final. Over four days of diving in Greensboro, the Blue Devil divers totaled 366 points across the three boards – the most of any school in the conference.
The Zone B Championships begin with the women’s one-meter and men’s three-meter springboard competitions Monday at 11 a.m. Tuesday’s events include the men’s one-meter and women’s three-meter events beginning at 11 a.m., while Wednesday will see the men compete on the platform at 10 a.m. and the women on the platform at 2:45 p.m.