The USA Diving Junior Zone Championships finished last weekend around the country in five different locations. Here are the top 10 team results.
These results are based on overall team points scored in each zone. Some teams split their squad into two teams for regional meets and competed in two different zone events as a way to qualify more divers for nationals. The points they scored in each zone have been added together to give them total credit for their accomplishments. So the top 10 teams came out like this:
1. The team that scored the overall most points is GC Divers of Dallas TX. They won the Zone ‘C’ meet with 522 points. They also scored 41 points in the Zone ‘D’ meet for a combined total of 563 points.
2. Ohio State Diving from Columbus OH won the Zone’D’ meet with 333 points and also scored 107 points in Zone’C’ for a total of 440 points.
3. Close behind second place are the Mission Viejo Nadadores, CA who won Zone ‘E’ with 438 points.
4. Starz Diving of Indianapolis, IN scored 411 points for first place honors in Zone ‘B’.
5. Dominion Divers from Oakton, VA scored 138 points in Zone ‘B’ and 184 in Zone ‘A’ for a total of 322 points.
6. Rose Bowl Divers of Pasadena, CA took second in Zone ‘E’ with 315 points.
7. YMCA of Central Florida in Orlando scored 289 points in the Zone ‘D’ event.
8. Nebraska Diving from Lincoln scored 281 points in Zone ‘C’.
9. Legacy Diving from Ypsilanti, MI scored 254 points in Zone ‘B’.
10 Montgomery Dive Club from Bethesda, MD won the Zone ‘A’ meet with 228 points.
GC Divers, coached by Krista Klein and Jeff Bro, have the best chance at a Junior Olympic National team title but that remains to be seen as things always change when the big meet comes around. They will be chased by a strong team from Ohio State as well as multiple time national champions, Mission Viejo.
Divers who qualified in the top six in each zone event will compete at the USA Diving Junior Olympic National Championships to be held August 1 through 6 at the University of Tennessee. Top divers from this meet will get a spot on the USA Junior National Team and compete in the Junior Olympic Pan Am Games later this year.
Next up are the senior versions of zone qualification meets to be held this weekend, July 15 – 17, at four different locations: Zone ‘A’ at Virginia Tech, Zone ‘ B’ at University of Indiana, Zone ‘C’ at SMU, TX and Zone ‘D’ at the University of Arizona, Tucson. The top five divers in each event will qualify for the USA Diving Senior Summer Nationals to be held August 9 – 14 at UCLA.
Results from senior zones will be published next week as well as daily results from the FINA World Championships, July 16 to 24 in Shanghai China.
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