MIT to Send Program Record Six Divers to NCAA Championship

MIT to Send Program Record Six Divers to NCAA Championship

Indianapolis, Ind. (March 4) - The MIT men's and women's diving teams will be well represented in Greensboro, North Carolina in a few short weeks as the NCAA officially announced that a program record six divers have qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championships after the Engineers hosted the Northeast-North Diving Regional over the weekend. 

Junior Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.) and first-year Jay Lang (South Lyon, Mich.) will be representing the men's team in North Carolina this year. Lang, who was named as the NEWMAC Men's Diver of the Year, will be making his first appearance at nationals as he won the 3-meter board and finished eighth on the 1-meter board at regionals, while Solomon, who finished fourth on the 1-meter board and fifth on the 3-meter board this past weekend at regionals, will be making his third trip to the NCAA National Championship in as many years.

On the women's side, senior Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) and junior Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) were selected as NCAA qualifiers for the third time in their careers, while senior Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and sophomore Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) will be making their second trip to the NCAA National Championship this season. At regionals this weekend, Zhou won the 3-meter board and Wen won the 1-meter board. Behind Zhou on the 3-meter board was Matranga in third, Wen in fourth and Payne in tenth, while behind Wen on the 1-meter board was Zhou in third, Matranga in fifth and Payne in sixth.

These six divers will join the 22 swimmers already selected for nationals to up the Engineers total to 28 student-athletes who will be competing in Greensboro, North Carolina for a national championship. The top-eight finishers in each event earn All-America honors, while ninth through 16th are named as honorable mention All-Americans. 

On each of the four days of competition that will stretch from March 20-23, 2019, trials will begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals will kick off at 6:00 p.m.

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