Divers Cabot, Hamperian Qualify on 1-Meter for NCAAs
COLUMBUS, Ohio - University of Kentucky divers Christa Cabot and Rebecca Hamperian qualified for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on 1-meter a day after qualifying on 3-meter at the Zone Diving Championships Thursday in Columbus, Ohio.
Cabot finished third on 1-meter with a combined score of 616.90, while Hamperian placed seventh with a 590.90. Both Cabot, a senior, and Hamperian, a sophomore, needed to place in the top 12 to compete on 1-meter at the NCAA Championships after they both earned an NCAA bid on 3-meter yesterday.
"Christa was outstanding today," UK head diving coach Ted Hautau said. "She came out diving loose and confident. Rebecca was in a dogfight for a spot in the top 12. She competed well in the final. Levi Lindsey squeaked into the finals and moved up. It was a good experience for him."
On 3-meter, Lindsey advanced to the finals and finished 15th overall with a 634.25. The freshman needed to place in the top eight to qualify for his first career NCAA Championships. Lindsey was the last diver to earn a spot in the finals after he placed 18th in prelims with a 312.45.
Lindsey was joined on 3-meter by fellow freshman Stephen Jou, who finished 29th in the prelims with 251.90 points. Sophomore Noah Richter was 35th with 222.10.
Along with Cabot and Hamperian on 1-meter, senior Lindsay Keahey finished 29th in prelims with a 245.85.
The three-day Zone Diving Championships concludes Saturday with the men's and women's platform competition.
Competing in Zone C, one of five zones across the country, divers have several opportunities to advance to the NCAA Championships. For the women in Zone C, the top nine finishers on 3-meter and the top eight divers on 1-meter and platform earn an NCAA bid, while the top eight on 3-meter, the top six on platform and the top five divers on 1-meter from the men qualify for the NCAA Championships.
If a diver earns a bid on one event and places in the top 12 on any other, they are also eligible to compete on the other events at NCAAs as well.
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