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Arizona men’s and women’s diving competes at the NCAA Diving Zones

Nathanial Stenchever

An Arizona women’s diver competes on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The Arizona women’s swim and dive team would get the win against Grand Canyon University 219-76. 

Members of the Arizona men’s and women’s diving team made their way up north to NAU to compete in the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in Flagstaff from March 11-13. Divers Gage DuBois, Austin Flaute and Bjorn Markentin joined Brooke Earley and Zarah Ayazi to represent the Wildcats in Flagstaff. 

Day 1: Monday, March 11

On the first day of the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships, Arizona’s divers showcased their talents in the Women’s 3-meter Championship and Men’s Platform events. Earley represented the Wildcats in the Women’s 3-meter Championship and delivered a solid performance, securing sixth place with a total score of 599.90. Additionally, in the Men’s Platform event, Dubois demonstrated his diving skills, placing fifth overall with a total score of 686.05

Day 2: Tuesday, March 12 

On the second day, Dubois, Flaute, and Markentin all represented Arizona in the Men’s 3-meter Championship. In the preliminary rounds, Dubois secured ninth place with a score of 334.85, Flaute finished in 12th with a score of 320.75 and Markentin followed in 13th with a score of 320.25

The men continued their strong performance into the final round, with Dubois finishing in seventh with a total score of 713.60, Flaute followed in the 14th spot with a score of 646.20 and Markentin in 15th with a final score of 641.85

The day’s final event was the Women’s 1-meter Championship, with both Earley and Ayazi participating. Earley finished the preliminaries in seventh place with a score of 275.25, while Ayazi finished in 19th place with a score of 255.90, not advancing to the finals. Earley maintained her consistency in the final round, finishing in the same position with a total score of 557.85. 

Day 3: Wednesday, March 13 

The third and final day of the Championships included two events, the Women’s Platform Championship Final and the Men’s 1-meter Championship Final. None of the women from Arizona competed in the first event but Dubois, Flaute and Markentin showed their skills in the Men’s 1-meter event.

Dubois finished 9th with a total score of 616.10, Markentin secured the 11th spot with a total score of 591.10 and Flaute closely followed in the 14th position with a total score of 572.75.

Looking ahead:

This year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 20-23 at the Jack Bauerle Pool at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Georgia. Earley will represent the women’s team for Arizona in 1-meter and 3-meter dive events

Meanwhile, this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 27-30 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana. DuBois will represent the men’s team for Arizona in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform events.  

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