Zhang Prepares to Compete at NCAA Diving Regionals
March 12, 2013
West Lafayette, Ind. - Sophomore diver Wenting Zhang will extend her diving season this weekend at the NCAA Zone Diving Regionals. The meet will take place at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind. on March 14-16.
Zhang will be in the Zone C Championships, and she will be competing on the 3-meter board on Thursday and on the 1-meter board on Friday. Competition is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
In order for a diver to qualify for the Zone meet they needed to receive a score of 265 on the 1-meter board and 280 on the 3-meter board. Zhang qualified for the Zone meet during every competition in the 2012-13 season. She was named Missouri Valley Conference Diver of the Year, and she earned MVC Diver of the Week eight times this season. This is the second time in Zhang's Redbird diving career that she will compete at the Zone meet.
"For Wenting to make it this far in the season two years in a row is a great accomplishment. She was very consistent and trained hard during the regular season and has continued to train consistently and hard since the MVC Championships have ended," diving coach Phil Hoffmann said. "She is in a great place with her training, and she understands what the meet is about and the level she needs to compete at in order to advance to the NCAA Championships. She understands the enormity of what she needs to do, and I think she has a good shot and that her consistency will help carry her."
This year, Zone C is allotted 18 spots for divers to qualify for the NCAA Championships. There are nine spots for men and nine for women. For a diver to advance, they must finish in the top four on the 3-meter board, the top three on the 1-meter board or the top two on the platform.
Zone C will feature divers from the Big Ten, Big East, Horizon League, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Southeastern and Summit League. Zhang will be competing against a total of 56 divers.
Live results for the competition can be found at www.divemeets.com.
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