March 8, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston will serve as the host for the NCAA Zone D Diving competition March 11-13 at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center. All three Cougar divers, Julia Lonnegren, Natasha Burgess and Danielle Shedd, are qualified and ready to represent the Red & White.
The competition begins Monday at 11 a.m. with the men's 1M competition and the women's 3M event following at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday's action starts with the women's 1M at 11 a.m. followed by the men's 3M at 5:30 p.m. The Zone Meet concludes on Wednesday with the platform finale - the women begin at 11 a.m. with the men's competition following at 2:45 p.m.
Divers will qualify for the NCAA Championships based on performances at their respective zone meet. The guaranteed spots will fill 20 of the 41 spots for the women. Seven spots are allocated to the student-athletes competing at the Zone D competition for the NCAA Championships.
Lonnegren, fresh from being named the Conference USA Diver of the Meet for the second straight year, is looking to punch her ticket to her second NCAA Championships. The senior took first in the 3M and platform events and holds the UH high marks in the two events this year.
Burgess, a sophomore from Adelaide (Australia), narrowly missed out on the 2012 NCAA Championships by placing just one spot outside of the field as a freshman. The springboard specialist has Houston's top 1M score (304.25) this year and took first at the C-USA Championships.
This will be the first time freshman Danielle Shedd will compete in the NCAA postseason. The lone newcomer to the diving program this year, Shedd took runner up in the platform at the C-USA Championships and ranks second on the squad in the event this year, while holding the third spot in the 1M and 3M.
The trio of Houston divers dominated this season, sweeping all three top places at the 2013 C-USA Swimming and Diving Championships. Lonnegren was named C-USA Diver of the Week the last four weeks down the season and teamed up with Burgess to help Houston claim five of the seven weekly awards.
Live stats for the meet can be found at DiveMeets.com.
Admission to the competition is free for all spectators.