Diver Ross qualifies for NCAA championships

by Nate Gotlieb

The Gophers men’s swimming diving team officially earned its first spot in the NCAA championships, which run March 28-30 in Indianapolis.

Senior Mikey Ross qualified for the championships Monday by placing third in 1-meter diving at the NCAA Zone D diving meet in Houston.

But don’t expect the Gophers to be a one-hit wonder. 

The NCAA hasn’t officially announced the men’s swimmers who have qualified for the championships. Seven Gophers swimmers are guaranteed births because of their times at the Big Ten championships, but Minnesota could earn more.

The Gophers women’s team qualified 14 swimmers for the women’s NCAA championships March 21-23 in Indianapolis. 

But since scoring for diving can be more subjective, divers must score high enough at one of five regional qualifying meets to qualify for the championships.

At these regional, or ‘zone,’ meets, divers earn a spot in the championships usually by placing within the top two or three of an event, but that’s not always the case. See this article for a more detailed explanation.

Ross was the only Gophers diver to qualify Monday.

Freshman Manny Pollard finished sixth in 1-meter diving, and sophomore Jordan Lesser and freshman Dylan Zoe finished 14th and 18th in the event, respectively. 

On the women’s side, junior Maggie Keefer took fourth in 3-meter diving, and sophomore Katy Etterman and junior Sarah McCrady took 14th and 17th, respectively. 

The NCAA Zone D qualifying meet runs through Wednesday.