Host of divers qualify for NCAA Championships

Rachel Wenzlaff

The Texas men’s and women’s diving teams earned a host of NCAA Championship qualifying scores at the NCAA Zone “D” Diving Meet.

The meet, held at the University of Iowa, was one of several across the country. Teams divided into specific “zones,” in which divers competed in their final chance to earn a bid to the upcoming national championship meets.

The top-eight divers in the women’s 1-meter event finals were guaranteed qualifying scores. Junior Meghan Houston and senior Emma Ivory-Ganja snagged top-six finishes, assuring their places atop the springboard at the NCAA Championship next week. 

In the 3-meter competition, only a top-10 finish was needed to qualify. Both Houston and Ivory-Ganja, along with sophomore Murphy Bromberg, who took first, earned NCAA berths in the event Monday. This feat will mark Bromberg’s second-consecutive championship appearance, as well as Houston’s first and Ivory-Ganja’s fourth.

On the men’s side, the event proved a success. In the 1-meter diving finals Monday night, Cory Bowersox, junior and two-time All-American in the 1-meter event, senior Will Chandler and sophomore Mark Anderson earned NCAA qualifying scores as they finished among the top four. 

Bowersox’s has earned NCAA qualification each of the three years he has been on the team. Additionally, Chandler is heading to the championship meet for the fourth consecutive year.

The men’s diving trio tacked on another impressive qualifying finish in Tuesday night’s 3-meter finals as each posted a one, two, three finish. Chandler took the top spot.

The men’s platform competition is scheduled for Wednesday, and the corresponding NCAA Championships will be in the same pool on March 26–28, and the women hit the water for the Championships March 19–21.