March 12, 2013
NCAA Zone D Diving Championships - 3-Meter Results
HOUSTON, Texas - For the second consecutive day, Missouri State diving standout Garrett Nevels made the top-18 and advanced to the 3-meter finals at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships. The sophomore from Lee's Summit, Mo., closed out his second NCAA regional experience on Tuesday (March 12) with a 15th-place finish on the 3-meter springboard.
Nevels carried over 324.90 points from the first round and was 13th after the first six dives. In finals, which took place immediately after prelims, he totaled 318.00 to finish with 642.90 points overall.
The Bears' only qualifier got off of to a great start in both rounds averaging a score of 63.75 on his forward 2 ½ somersault 1 twist in the pike position. In all, Nevels notched four dives of 60 points including two above 65 in finals.
At last year's Zone D Regional in Iowa City, Nevels made the finals on 1-meter, but failed to make the cut on 3-meter, placing 22nd out of 31 divers. His 3-meter performance on Tuesday marked a seven-place improvement from the previous season.
Missouri's David Bonuchi was victorious for the second time in as many days, winning on 3-meter with a whopping 866.85 points. Seven other divers posted combined scores above 700.
In his sophomore campaign that included two new school records, Nevels wrapped up the 2012-13 season at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships, while 21 others will compete on platform Wednesday morning.