Matranga, Zhou Qualify For The 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship

Matranga, Zhou Qualify For The 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (February 25) – MIT women's diving sophomore Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) and freshman Vivian Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) have qualified for the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship after a stellar performance on the 3-meter board today at the NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regionals held inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center. With MIT's two qualifiers, it brings the Engineers' total to 13 women's student-athletes who will compete at nationals next month.

The seven women's qualifiers from Region 3 (Northeast-North) are Maura Sticco-Ivins from Wellesley College, Carmen White from NYU, Ariana Ross from Williams College, Zhou, Matranga, Jessica Kugelman from RPI and Elyse Stone from Smith College. In addition, Sierra Skaza from Springfield College will be the alternate on the 3-meter board and Kelly Ryser from NYU will be the alternate on the 1-meter board.

The Engineers had three of their four divers finish in the top-8 this afternoon in a field of 26 student-athletes. Zhou registered her second third-place finish of the weekend as she notched a score of 486.40 and was followed by sophomore Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) in seventh with a score of 438.70 and Matranga in eighth with a score of 438.35.

In addition, freshman Charleen Wang (Mountain View, Calif.) claimed 13th place on the 3-meter board with a score of 410.85.

Wellesley junior Maura Sticco-Ivins completed the two-board sweep today with 514.95 points, while second place went the Carmen White of NYU with 491.10 points.

The NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship is scheduled to take place next month from March 15 through March 18 in Shenandoah, Texas at the Conroe ISD Natatorium.

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