Nevels, Wheeler, Conway Set for NCAA Zone D Diving Championships
March 9, 2014
Missouri State Bears at NCAA Zone D Diving Championships
MINNEAPOLIS - Missouri State divers Garrett Nevels, Zach Wheeler and Lindsey Conway are set to compete in the 2014 NCAA Zone D Diving Championships at Minnesota's University Aquatic Center Monday and Tuesday.
All three will dive in both the 1- and 3-meter events, vying for one of the nine men's and seven women's berths in their respective events at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
The NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships will be hosted by the Gophers March 20-22, while the men's championships are slated for March 27-29 in Austin Texas.
The women's 1-meter competition is up first at 11 a.m., Monday followed by the men's 3-meter at 5:30 p.m. The men's 1-meter begins the Tuesday slate at 11 while the women's 3-meter starts at 4:30. Links for live video and results for all four events can be found at MissouriStateBears.com.
The three Bears join approximately 90 divers from 27 schools from the Midwest.
Junior Nevels is making his third consecutive appearance at the Zone D meet, while classmate Wheeler and senior Conway have qualified for the first time each.
Nevels finished 12th overall on the 1-meter board at the meet a year ago in Houston and was 15th in the 3-meter competition. As a freshman in 2012, the Lee's Summit, Mo., native was 15th in 3-meter in Iowa City, Iowa.
Nevels enters this season's meet as the Missouri State record holder in both disciplines. He upped his school-best 1-meter mark to 363.45 Friday at the MAC championships in winning the event.
He claimed the Bears' all-time standard in the 3-meter (378.60) at the 2013 MAC meet and comes into the Zone D competition with a season-best 358.35, set at Hammons Student Center Pool Oct. 25 versus Drury.
Nevels earned MAC Outstanding Diver of the Year at the championships for the first time Saturday after posting a third-place finish in the 3-meter with 327.75 points to go with his 1-meter win Thursday.
Wheeler qualified for Zone D championships in the 1-meter on Jan. 25 with 323.85 points against Missouri S&T at home, the fifth-best six-dive score in school history. The Liberty, Mo., product earned a spot in the 3-meter dive with a 324.75 total in the MAC prelims for the event Friday.
Conway's 3-meter effort against Lindenwood of 282.82 in the last home meet of her career on Jan. 25 got her into the field for the first time. The score ranks No. 5 in the Bears' all-time records. A Longview, Texas, native, Conway will compete in the 1-meter as well after scoring 278.90 points in the Missouri Valley Championships on Feb. 13 to finish fifth overall.