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NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships

How Does a Diver Qualify?

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NCAA Division III Championships

To qualify for the NCAA Division III championships, divers must achieve a qualifying score and then be chosen for the championships by a competition committee. A maximum of 22 male and female divers (plus three alternates) are chosen for the championships.

Qualifying Scores

Achieving a qualifying score for men and women is based on scores from an individual performance at a collegiate competition in either a dual or championship meet format. A diver in a dual meet must perform six dives, and there is no limit on the degree of difficulty.

In championships meets, the competition consists of 11 dives. On one-meter, both the men and women perform five voluntary dives with a limit on the total difficulty of 9.0. These voluntary dives are followed by six optional dives without limit on difficulty. On three-meter both men and women perform 11 dives: five voluntary dives with a difficulty limit of 9.5, and six optional dives without a limit on difficulty

A diver must achieve the qualifying score at least once on either one- or three-meter at a conference championship, or twice on the same board in any other competition.

  • Men’s Division III Qualification Standards
    One-Meter Diving Points: Dual Meet - 275; Championship Meet - 425
    Three-Meter Diving Points: Dual Meet – 285; Championship Meet - 440

  • Women’s Division III Qualification Standards
    One-Meter Diving Points: Dual Meet - 255; Championship Meet - 395
    Three-Meter Diving Points: Dual Meet – 265; Championship Meet - 410

A selection committee members of eight diving coaches appointed by the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Committee, will select the 22 male and female divers who will compete at the Division III national championships. These coaches will base their selection on a video of the divers performance when achieving the qualifying score.

The Championships

  • 2012 NCAA Men's and Women’s Division III Swimming and Diving Championships
    March 21-24, 2011
    IUPUI Natatorium
    Indianapolis, Ind.

2011 NCAA Division III Diving Champions

  • Women's One-meter - Danica Roskos (College of New Jersey)
  • Women's Three-meter - Danica Roskos (College of New Jersey)
  • Men's One-meter - Nicholas Halbach (U.S. Merchant Marine)
  • Men's Three-meter - Nicholas Halbach (U.S. Merchant Marine)
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