CHRISTIANSBURG, Va.—Pitt senior diver Dominic Giordano completed a collegiate diving trifecta on Wednesday at the NCAA Zone A Diving Meet by qualifying for the upcoming NCAA Championships in a third individual event, the platform dive.
Giordano, the defending NCAA champion on 3-meter springboard and a senior from Wexford, Pa., comfortably backed up his NCAA-qualifying performances on 1-meter and 3-meter earlier this week by ensuring that he will also compete for a NCAA title and All-American honors on platform at nationals.
After leading through the preliminary round, Giordano completed Wednesday’s Zone A platform finals in third place with 661.70 points, well ahead of the 12th-place cutline he needed to secure NCAA qualification in the event.
Giordano was the only Panther to qualify for NCAAs on platform, but a trio of Pitt women certainly made a run at earning a berth at nationals.
Krista Jones, Cheyanne Neuenschwander and Rachel Saunders all advanced past the preliminary round in the Zone A women’s platform dive competition. Jones (ninth, 412.50 points) came the closest to qualifying in one of the necessary top-six finishing positions that guaranteed a trip to NCAAs, while Neuenschwander (11th, 403.45 points) and Saunders (18th, 361.10 points) weren’t far behind.
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.
Thus far, Pitt swimming & diving is certain to have at least five representatives in action: senior diver Dominic Giordano, junior diver Meme Sharp, senior women’s swimmer Kinga Cichowska and junior women’s swimmers Lina Rathsack and Amanda Richey.
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