Zhou Wins 3-Meter Board to Close NCAA Diving Regionals at MIT

Zhou Wins 3-Meter Board to Close NCAA Diving Regionals at MIT

Cambridge, Mass. (March 2) - On the second day of the 2019 NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regional that was held inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool, the MIT women's diving took three of the top-four places on the 3-meter board highlighted by a victory by junior Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.).

Zhou took the 3-meter crown after teammate sophomore Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) won the 1-meter board yesterday. Zhou registered 527.10 points for the first-place finish to lead the Engineers, while senior Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) finished third with 469.05 points and Wen took fourth with 465.25 points. Senior Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) also competed for MIT this afternoon and finished 10th overall in the field of 20 student-athletes with 426.06 points.

The official qualifiers for the NCAA Division III National Championship will be released by the national committee either tomorrow or Monday. The committee will use the following criteria to determine its national qualifiers who will compete in Greensboro, North Carolina from March 20-23.

NCAA selections are based on the following criteria: NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will be determined by alternating between the day one highest finisher and the day two highest finisher, considering that divers already invited will be skipped. Example with five qualifiers: 1-Winner from day one; 2-Highest finisher day two, not already invited; 3-Highest finisher day one, not already invited; 4-Highest finisher day two, not already invited; 5-Highest finisher day one, not already invited. This ensures equal consideration is given to both boards. However, every year the event order shall rotate to not favor one board in a given region over time.

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