GREENSBORO, N.C. (March 13, 2014) – Six Miami Hurricane divers have qualified for the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships after strong performances in Zone B Regional Qualifying at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Redshirt junior Thea Vock captured first place in the 1-meter finals on Monday to punch her ticket to the NCAA championship. Vock, who missed the 2012-13 season while recovering from surgery, finished with 627.60 points. “After being out last year with two shoulder surgeries, Thea hit every single dive,” said head coach Randy Ableman. “I’m so proud of her.”
Redshirt junior Sam Dorman delivered Miami’s second top finish on Tuesday afternoon. The Tempe, Ariz., native beat out Olympic medalist Nick McCrory of Duke for first place in the 3-meter with a score of 808.10 to qualify for the 2014 NCAA Championships.
“After not diving his best Monday, Sam brought his ‘A’ game today by winning the 1-meter,” Ableman said. “And he even beat an Olympic medalist to get there.”
Cheyenne Cousineau, Lindsay Lester, and Zac Nees each qualified with impressive performances of their own. Cousineau and Lester delivered strong showings in the 3-meter springboard, capturing fourth (669.45) and fifth (668.35), respectively.
Nees finished just behind Dorman and McCrory for third place in the 1-meter Tuesday, ending the event with 745.85 points.
“Cheyenne and Lindsay qualified with their best springboard performances of the season,” Ableman said. “Zac has been very consistent in both the 1-meter and 3-meter. He is starting to peak at just the right time.”
Reigning ACC Women’s Diver of the Year Kara McCormack qualified for the NCAA Championship during Wednesday’s platform diving competition.
“I think each of our athletes are diving their best right now,” said Ableman said. “It’s a great feeling to see them competing so well.”
The 2014 Division I NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 2014 Division I NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.