Middlebury, Vt. (March 3) - MIT sophomore diver Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) won the 1-meter board and the women's team earned four bids to the 2018 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship after a successful weekend at the Northeast-North Diving Regional hosted by Middlebury College.
Zhou took the 1-meter crown with a score of 440.50 and was joined in the top-four by freshman Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii), who finished third with 426.30 points and junior Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.), who finished fourth with 424.60 points. Additionally, junior Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) finished eighth overall out of the 26 competitors with a score of 395.20 points.
After two days of competition, it was announced that Wen, Zhou and Payne would represent MIT and the New England region at the NCAA Championship and that Matranga would be the alternate on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards.
Joining the quartet in Indianapolis in two weeks will be Lindsey Ruderman from Amherst College, Carmen White from NYU, Samantha Nemivant from Mount Holyoke College, Sierra Skaza from Springfield College, Maura Sticco-Ivins from Wellesley College and Elyse Stone from Smith College. Of the nine automatic qualifiers, seven compete in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
The 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship is scheduled to begin on March 21 in Indianapolis inside the IU Natatorium.
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