Zhou, Matranga Finish In Top Five On First Day Of Diving Regionals

Freshman Vivian Zhou
Freshman Vivian Zhou

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (February 24) – MIT women's diving freshmen Vivian Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Charleen Wang (Mountain View, Calif.) as well as sophomores Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) and Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) competed in the 1-meter competition on the first night of the 2017 NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regional hosted by the Engineers inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool.

Zhou registered the best finish for MIT as she finished third with a score of 459.75 and was joined by Matranga, who finished fifth with a score of 442.65 as the Engineers took two of the top-five finishing positions. MIT was one of three schools to have a pair of student-athletes inside the top-ten as Wellesley College and NYU accomplished the feat as well.

Payne took 11th overall in the field of 27 student-athletes with a score of 417.10 and was followed by Wang in 23rd, who scored 381.05 points today.

Wellesley junior Maura Sticco-Ivins claimed the regional title on the 1-meter board for the third straight year with a score of 471.80 and Ariana Ross from Williams College came in second with a score of 463.10.

Tomorrow, the women's divers will compete on the 3-meter board at 12:00 p.m. from inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center. Qualifiers for the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships will be announced at the conclusion of the meet. A total of seven women's divers will be chosen to compete in Shenandoah, Texas from March 15-18 on the national stage.

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