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Liberty to Send 3 Divers to NCAA Zone A Meet, Monday Through Wednesday

March 7, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.   RSS
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West Virginia's Aquatic Center at Mylan Park will host the 2020 NCAA Zone A Diving Championships

West Virginia's Aquatic Center at Mylan Park will host the 2020 NCAA Zone A Diving Championships

Liberty will make its second NCAA appearance in diving, sending three divers to the 2020 NCAA Zone A Diving Championship, held Monday through Wednesday at West Virginia's Aquatic Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown, W.Va.

Liberty sophomores 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 2020 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

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

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What's at Stake
Zone A will receive six qualifications to the NCAA Championships in one-meter diving, while 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.

In three-meter diving, only two of last year's national qualifiers from Zone A (Harvard's Esther Lawrence and Georgia Milne) return this year. Similarly, two national qualifiers return in one-meter (Harvard's Morgan Herculano and Princeton's Mimi Lin). Three out of last year's five Zone A national qualifiers return on platform, in Meghan Gerdes and Hannah Montau of Navy and Pitt's Amy Read.

How They Qualified
Lauren Chennault was named Co-Most Outstanding Diver of the 2020 CCSA Championship Meet, winning one-meter springboard and finishing second in three-meter springboard at the conference meet. The program record holder in both one-meter (291.15) and three-meter (317.85) diving, Chennault was named CCSA Women's Diver of the Week on Nov. 26. She holds season bests of 291.15 for one-meter (at TYR '85 Invite) and 294.80 for three-meter (at CCSA Championships).

Olivia Robinson will be Liberty's lone representative on the platform for the second year in a row. Robinson's top scores this season were 275.30 on three-meter (at CCSA Championships) and 267.80 on one-meter (at Penn State). She took second place on both springboards at the 2019 CCSA Championships before finishing third on three-meter this season. Robinson is Liberty's program record holder in platform diving (229.58) while ranking second on both one-meter (279.60) and three-meter (290.65).

Abigail Egolf-Jensen ranks third in program history in both one-meter (277.35) and three-meter (283.50) diving. She earned her first career CCSA podium finish this season, placing third on one-meter at the 2020 CCSA Championships. Named the CCSA Women's Diver of the Week on Oct. 15, Egolf-Jensen's season bests are 274.30 for one-meter (at CCSA Championships) and 283.50 for three-meter (vs. UNC Asheville).

Chennault, Robinson and Egolf-Jensen are attempting to qualify for the 2020 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held in Athens, Ga., March 18-21. They will look to join junior Payton Keiner, who earned her spot in the meet for the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke.