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Liberty to Send 3 Divers to Zone Championships, Monday through Wednesday

March 10, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty will be competing in the Zone A Diving Championships at the U.S. Naval Academy's Lejeune Hall, picture here.

Liberty will be competing in the Zone A Diving Championships at the U.S. Naval Academy's Lejeune Hall, picture here.

Liberty will make its first NCAA appearance in diving, sending three divers to the 2019 NCAA Zone A Diving Championship, held Monday through Wednesday at the United States Naval Academy's Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Md.

Liberty freshmen Olivia Robinson (one-meter, three-meter, platform), Lauren Chennault (one-meter, three-meter) and Abigail Egolf-Jensen (one-meter, three-meter) will all be competing for a chance to make it to the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

The meet will begin on Monday with women's three-meter springboard. Tuesday will see the one-meter springboard competition, and Wednesday will feature platform diving.

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Live results will be available through DiveMeets.com.

What's at Stake
Zone A will receive six qualifications to the NCAA Championships in one-meter diving. The top five in both three-meter springboard and platform diving will make it to the national meet.

The top 18 from morning prelims will qualify for evening finals, with all scores carrying over. Each of those 18 divers would complete their full allotment of dives in the evening, and the top combined scores from morning and evening would advance to nationals.

Zone A contains schools in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

How They Qualified
Lauren Chennault holds Liberty's program records in both one-meter (287.10) and three-meter (317.85) diving, setting both records at the Liberty Diving Invitational. She was twice named CCSA Women's Diver of the Week. She earned two podium finishes at the 2019 CCSA Championships, finishing third in both springboard events. Chennault posted five event victories during the regular season.

Olivia Robinson will be Liberty's lone representative on the platform, with a program-record score of 229.58 from the Liberty Invitational. Robinson's top scores this season were 290.65 on three-meter and 279.60 on one-meter. She took second place on both springboards at the 2019 CCSA Championships. Robinson was named CCSA Women's Diver of the Week twice this season. Like Chennault, Robinson won five events this season.

Abigail Egolf-Jensen ranks third in program history in both one-meter (277.35) and three-meter (272.25) diving. She earned two A Finals appearances at the CCSA Championships this year, finishing seventh in one-meter diving and ninth on three-meter springboard.

Chennault, Robinson and Egolf-Jensen are attempting to qualify for the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held in Austin, Texas, March 20-23.