Liberty freshman Maddie Freece and junior Lauren Chennault both earned spots in the one-meter diving finals on day one of the NCAA Division I Women's Diving Zone A Championships, Thursday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.
Freece placed 13th overall with a 12-dive combined score of 482.95, while Chennault earned 17th place with her 466.70 points.
Liberty's Top Performers • Fr. Maddie Freece – One-meter diving (12) – 482.95 (13th place overall) • Jr. Lauren Chennault – One-meter diving (12) – 466.70 (17th place overall)
Notable • During this week's three-day meet, the top 18 from morning prelims each day qualify for evening finals. The top six combined scores from prelims and finals in one-meter diving qualify for the 2021 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.
• Today's event featured 31 divers, representing schools from Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Massachusetts.
• Teagan Moravek of Virginia Tech won the Zone Diving Championship, scoring 593.00 points. Navy's Hannah Montau earned the sixth and final qualification for nationals with her score of 508.65.
• Chennault (240.95) and Freece (239.45) finished morning prelims in the 13th and 14th positions, respectively.
Historically Speaking • This was the first time in program history that Liberty divers had qualified for finals at NCAA Zone Diving Championships on one-meter springboard.
• Freece is the fourth Liberty freshman in program history to compete in one-meter diving at NCAA Zone Championships, after Chennault, Abigail Egolf-Jensen and Olivia Robinson in 2019.
• This is the third straight NCAA postseason appearance for Liberty's divers. The Lady Flames are attempting to qualify for the 2021 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held in Greensboro, N.C., next Wednesday through Saturday.
Up Next Tomorrow, Chennault and Freece will compete in three-meter diving, with prelims beginning at 10:30 a.m. Zone A will receive five qualifications to the NCAA Championships in three-meter diving.