Diver Kelsey Thompson Competes at Zones This Weekend

March 09, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 9, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Senior diver Kelsey Thompson (Chesapeake, Va.) will be competing at NCAA Zones this weekend at the Alumni Arena Natatorium at the University at Buffalo.

Competition in men's and women's one- and three-meter and platform diving will be held Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11 starting at noon each day.

A total of 48 men's divers from 27 schools and 10 conferences will compete while the women's field will consist of 47 divers from 26 schools and 11 conferences.

All springboard diving events will consist of a preliminary round of six dives using all five groups. The top 18 finishers from the preliminary round will advance to the final round and will perform a second list of six dives using all five groups.

Friday's events will consist of the women's one-meter and men's three-meter events while the women's three-meter and men's one-meter competitions will be held on Saturday. Men's and women's platform diving will be held on Sunday.

Four spots in both fields for the NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships have been allocated to Zone A, which stretches from New England through Virginia. Four other regional competitions, in Auburn, AL, Bloomington, IN, Iowa City, IA and Colorado Springs, CO, are also being held this weekend to determine the national field.

Thompson qualified for zones on the 3 meter after scoring a 298.75 to lead the competition during the Lady Monarchs meet with NYU and Montclair State back in January. It was not only her personal best, the best score in ODU history by a Lady Monarch in the event. At the Colonial Athletic Association Championships, Kelsey took eighth among the conference divers on the 3 meter.