CHRISTIANSBURG, Va.—After qualifying yesterday for the NCAA Championships via the NCAA Zone A Diving Meet, Tuesday saw University of Pittsburgh divers Dominic Giordano and Meme Sharp ensure that they will compete in multiple events at the upcoming Division I national championships with another impressive set of dives.
Giordano emphatically guaranteed that he will have the opportunity to defend his NCAA 3-meter diving title in a few weeks as he won the NCAA Zone A qualifier on 3-meter springboard Tuesday in Christiansburg, Va. The Pitt senior, who recently won the ACC title on 3-meter on his way to earning recognition as the ACC Championships’ Most Valuable Men’s Diver, cruised to victory in the Zone A men’s 3-meter competition as he scored 805.45 points across 12 dives.
Following her own 3-meter victory yesterday, Sharp certified that she will be a two-event diver at NCAAs by placing fourth in Zone A on 1-meter with a 12-dive score of 557.30 points.
“Dom and Meme did a very nice job today executing their dives,” Pitt diving coach Julian Krug said. “They needed top-12 finishes today to qualify in these events for NCAAs, and they both did much better than that. Dom’s victory was an impressive accomplishment in what has been a very challenging field in our Zone for diving, and Meme continues to show what a talented diver she is as well.”
The Pitt diving pair of Giordano and Sharp will now each have the opportunity to compete for an individual national title and All-American honors in both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events at the upcoming NCAA Championships.
The 2017 NCAA Championships will be held at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind., with the women’s swimming & diving meet taking place from March 16-18, while the men’s swimmers and divers will compete March 23-25.
The NCAA Zone A Diving Meet will resume tomorrow afternoon in Christiansburg, Va., with the men’s and women’s platform diving competitions.
Needing just a top-12 zonal finish on platform Wednesday, Giordano will attempt to qualify for NCAAs in a third event. For the other Pitt divers set to compete on platform, including Joe Ference, Rachel Saunders, Cheyanne Neuenschwander, Krista Jones and Cortnee Williams, they will need a top-six women’s finish to advance to nationals in platform diving.
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