March 12, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Led by Mid-American Conference Diving Coach of the Year Russ Dekker, three Ohio University divers will compete at the 2014 NCAA Zone C Championships this weekend (March 13-15) at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio, with NCAA Championship berths on the line.
The 2014 campaign marks the third straight season that the Bobcats will send multiple divers to Zones under Dekker's watch.
Representing the Green and White will be junior Morgan Srail (Avon Lake, Ohio), senior Kristin Capcik (Milwaukee, Wis.) and redshirt senior MaryRose Hillstrom (Dimondale, Mich.).
Srail recorded a school-record score of 339.05 to capture the 2014 MAC title in the three-meter dive on March 1 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. She became the first Bobcat to win the MAC three-meter dive title since Dayna Green achieved the feat in 1987.
Srail posted her season-best score of 300.10 in the one-meter dive on Feb. 1 in a tri-meet against Iowa State and West Virginia in Athens.
Capcik tallied a season-best 327.38 in the three-meter against Marshall on Nov. 8, 2013, in Athens and a season-best 304.95 in the one-meter against Buffalo on Nov. 2.
Hillstrom's top three-meter score came on Feb. 8 at Miami - a 281.18. Her best one-meter score was a 291.97, recorded on Jan. 31 against Bowling Green.
The competition this weekend in Ohio's capital city 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.
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. Because of this, divers who place just below the automatic qualifying spots still, on occasion, receive NCAA berths.
To track scores as they come in, fans can click the link above to follow along with DiveMeets.com.