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Bobcats Send Four Divers to NCAA Zones

Ohio's Haleigh Bartlett

March 12, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio – Following a successful season which saw the Ohio University Swimming and Diving Team post a 6-3 record in dual-meet competition and finish second at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships, the Bobcats begin postseason competition this week by sending four divers to the NCAA Zone Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.

Haleigh Bartlett (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio), Kristin Capcik (Milwaukee, Wis.), MaryRose Hillstrom (Dimondale, Mich.), and Morgan Srail (Avon Lake, Ohio) will be competing at Purdue University beginning on Thursday, March 14. Women’s three-meter diving preliminary rounds will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday while women’s one-meter diving preliminary rounds will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday. Finals will be conducted later in the evening. To track scores as they come in, fans can click the link above to follow along with DiveMeets.com.

The aforementioned quartet of Ohio divers re-wrote the Ohio record books during the 2012-13 season, setting three top-ten scores in both the one and three meter diving competitions. Bartlett set a new program standard of 325.27 points from the one-meter board and currently holds the No. 4 spot all-time from three meters (327.83 points). Capcik is Ohio’s current record-holder from the three-meter board with a score of 337.35 points and the junior also ranks second in program history from the one-meter board with a score of 312.90. Srail and Hillstrom also left their marks on the record books this season, setting the No. 5 score from the three-meter board and the No. 5 score from the one-meter board, respectively.

Ohio has experienced a diving revolution of sorts over the past few seasons, as the top five program standards in both the one and three-meter boards have all been set during or since the 2010-11 season. The Bobcats have also qualified four divers for the NCAA Zones for two straight seasons.

The competition this week at Purdue University (Zone C) is one of five NCAA Zone meets taking place around the country. Each zone is allotted a different number of qualifying berths to the NCAA Championships. Zone C will receive nine for each gender during the 2012-13 season.

The top 18 finishers in the preliminary rounds advance to the championship rounds, from which the divers qualify for the NCAA Championships. In Zone C, automatic bids go to the top four finishers in the three-meter, the top three performers in the one-meter, and the top two finishers from the platform.

If a competitor places highly among multiple events at her zone meet, she will not account for more than one of the nine qualifying slots allotted to her gender. Because of this, divers who place just below the automatic qualifying spots still, on occasion, receive NCAA berths.

Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com this week for daily recaps of the diving action.

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