LAS CRUCES, N.M. – For the first time in school history, New Mexico State will send three divers to an NCAA regional meet as the Aggies participate at the 2014 NCAA Zone E Diving Regional hosted by the Air Force Academy. The three-day meet runs from Thursday, March 13, through Saturday, March 15.
Senior Jaymee Porter and sophomores Audrey Ruiz and Lauren Reifel all earned qualifying scores at the 2014 WAC Championships in San Antonio, Texas, and will now compete at the zone meet being held at the Cadet Natatorium in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“I am very pleased with how the ladies have competed this season,” Aggie head diving coach Kyle Bogner said. “They really put things together for the championship season starting with conference and have set themselves up to perform well at zones.”
A total of 59 divers from 24 schools, including New Mexico, Idaho and WAC champion Northern Arizona, will compete at the regional meet. Out of those 59 qualifying divers in Zone E, which encompasses all schools west of Colorado’s eastern border, only the top-eight divers will advance to the NCAA Championships.
This will be second-consecutive season for Ruiz at the zone regionals as she also qualified during her freshman year. Porter and Reifel will be competing in their first zone meet of their NM State careers. Last season’s appearance by Ruiz at zones was the first for an Aggie diver since 2009.
Porter had two qualifying scores during the WAC Championships, including a record-breaking performance in the platform event. The NM State senior ended her WAC career in style, finishing second in the platform with a score of 233.75, a new school record, while also marking a qualifying score of 267.55 in the 1-meter event.
Ruiz finished fifth in the conference during the 1-meter with a zone-qualifying score of 295.90. Not to be outdone, Reifel finished fifth in the 3-meter event with a finals score of 290.50 to qualify for her first zone meet of her career.
“While it is certainly the goal of most divers to make a zone score, it is rare that every member of a diving squad exceeds that mark,” Bogner said. “The success that these ladies have found is truly a testament to their hard work throughout the year and I look forward to watching them compete.”
Each day of the meet will consist of one diving event and each event will have a preliminary round before the final round. The 1-meter and 3-meter events will have 18 finalists while the platform event will advance 12 finalists from the preliminary round.
The 1-meter event will be held on Thursday with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. (MDT) and finals at 2 p.m. Friday will see the 3-meter event with prelims and finals also at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. respectively. The regional concludes Saturday with the platform event. Prelims will also be at 11 a.m. and finals are scheduled to begin at 12:50 p.m.
Fans can follow results live with free live scoring at www.divemeets.com. Qualifiers for the NCAA Championships will be announced on Saturday afternoon after the zone meet has concluded.
2014 NCAA ZONE E WOMEN’S DIVING SHEDULE
Thursday, March 13 – 1-meter diving
Friday, March 14 – 3-meter diving
Saturday, March 15 – platform diving
TEAMS WITH DIVERS AT ZONE E REGIONAL
Air Force, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, BYU, Cal, Colorado State, Denver, Fresno State, Hawai’I, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, San Diego State, San Jose State, Stanford, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, USC, Utah, Wyoming