THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech swimming and diving team will send six divers to the 2018 NCAA Zone B Diving Championships this week in Knoxville, Tenn., as the Jackets will compete against divers from around the region for spots at the 2018 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships later this month.
The meet runs Monday through Wednesday, March 5-7, at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. Admission is free.
On the men’s side, veteran divers Matt Casillas and Nolan Mallet will compete in their third and second NCAA Zone Diving Championships event, respectively, while freshmen Jacob Kreider, Henry Carman and Davis Waln will be making their debuts at the annual regional meet.
Casillas, who has been the top diver for Tech all season long, will be competing in all three diving events – 1-meter, 3-meter and platform – over the three days of competition. The junior holds the top scores in all three events for the Jackets this season, 359.40 in the 1-meter, 424.95 in the 3-meter and 367.40 in the platform, which includes the school record in the 3-meter dive which he set in the final dual meet of the season versus Emory on Jan. 28.
Mallet will participate in the platform dive where he has a season-high score of 262.55 and ranks seventh all-time in Tech history for the event with a score of 271.70.
Kreider and Carman will both compete in the 1-meter and 3-meter dive events. Kreider has recorded season-high scores of 320.18 in the 1-meter and 347.55 in the 3-meter dives, while Carman has topped him in both events with marks of 339.45 in the 1-meter and 359.70 in the 3-meter springboard events.
Waln will dive in the 3-meter event where he qualified with a score of 332.55 versus Delta State back in October 2017.
On the women’s side, freshman Paige Gohr is set to compete in the platform event where she has posted a season-high score of 198.15 already this season.
Both Camryn Hidalgo and Carly Doi had qualified for the zone diving championships, but are unable to compete due to injuries.
For the event, there are 48 women and 41 men slated to compete in the meet representing 18 schools. Teams participating include: Alabama, Auburn, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Florida Atlantic, FGCU, FIU, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Miami, NC State, North Carolina, Tennessee, UNC Wilmington and South Carolina.
Competition starts at 11 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday with the 1-meter springboard events, followed by the 3-meter dive in the afternoon and evening. The platform competition begins Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Live results for the entire invitational can be found HERE.
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