Cambridge, Mass. (February 28) – After winning their tenth and eighth straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships, respectively last weekend, the MIT men's and women's swimming and diving teams will send six student-athletes to compete in this weekend's NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regionals hosted by Middlebury College. Action is slated to get underway at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Juniors Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) and Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.), sophomore Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) and freshman Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) will represent the women's team, while junior Jeremy Sands (Skokie, Ill.) and sophomore Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.) will represent the men's team. For Matranga, Payne and Sands it will be their third straight year competing at regionals and all six divers will look to duplicate what Matranga, Zhou and Solomon did last year and qualify for the upcoming NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships later in March.
In order to qualify for the regional, divers must either achieve the NCAA standard on the same board at least twice during the regular season or once at the conference championship on either board, which all seven Engineers accomplished this year.
At last weekend's NEWMAC Championship, Zhou and Solomon swept the major diving awards as Zhou was named as the Women's Diver of the Year and Solomon was named as the Men's Diver of the Year. Additionally, Solomon swept both boards and produced scores of 486.60 on the 1-meter board and then broke his own school record with 563.40 points on the 3-meter board and Zhou became the first diver other than Maura Sticco-Ivins from Wellesley to win a board since 2015 when she scored 486.85 on the 1-meter board and then came in second place on the 3-meter board with a score of 510.10.
Be sure to check back in to MITAthletics.com later this week for full information regarding this weekend's regional championship once it is released.