Missouri State Divers Complete First Day at NCAA Zone D Regional
March 10, 2014
Juniors Nevels and Wheeler competed in the 3-meter dive prelims while senior Conway made her first career appearance at the zone meet in the 1-meter prelims.
Nevels tied for 21st overall with LSU's Zak Rowton with 326.10 points and Wheeler was 35th with 258 points in his first NCAA regional experience, as well. Conway finished 40th with 211.55 points in the 1-meter event. All three Bears did not make the 18-diver finals cut in their events.
Nevels narrowly missed the 3-meter cut by just 12.60 points.
Nevels is the only MSU diver to be making a repeat appearance at the NCAA Zone D meet from last year. He qualified for finals in both the 1- and 3-meter competitions in 2013, finishing 12th in 1-meter and 15th overall in 3-meter with two-round totals of 628.50 on 1-meter and 642.90 on 3-meter, respectively.
Nevels was also 15th in the 2012 Zone D Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1-meter. The Three Bears are vying for one of the nine men's and seven women's spots in the their respective events at the NCAA men's and women's swimming & diving championships.
The NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships will be hosted by the Minnesota March 20-22, while the men's championships are slated for March 27-29 in Austin Texas and will be hosted by Texas.
The zone meet continues tomorrow at 11 a.m., with the men's 1-meter and 4:30 p.m., with the women's 3-meter. Live results and video are available at MissouriStateBears.com.