COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s divers put forth an impressive day Friday as three Buckeyes placed in the Top 5 of their respective events on Day 2 of the NCAA Zone C diving championships being held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Junior Bianca Alvarez, from Miami, Fla., continued her strong showing in Columbus with a first-place finish on the 1-meter springboard after taking runner-up honors on 3-meter Thursday. With an invitation to the NCAA Swimming and Diving championships next week in Austin, Texas, already secured based on her runner-up on 3-meter, Alvarez led the way in prelims and finals on the 1-meter.
“I was definitely less nervous today.” Alvarez said. “To get the win today was very big in my home pool. It won’t necessarily translate to another pool, but I can’t wait to get there.”
Her teammate, junior Kristen Asman, equaled her Thursday effort with an eighth-place finish on 1-meter with 569.25 points. Asman is seeking her third NCAA invitation and she’ll compete Saturday on the 10-meter platform for that goal.
Senior Katy Bell, from Columbus, will also be diving in the platform event.
Ohio State’s two freshmen on the men’s team each soared to a Top 5 finish Friday. Upper Arlington, Ohio’s Christian Holstein finished fourth with 773.15 points and Vancouver, British Columbia native Shane Miszkiel placed one spot behind him in fifth with 754.90 points.
Miszkiel will compete tomorrow in the 10-meter platform event. Diving action begins at 11 a.m. at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion with the women’s 10-meter being contested followed by the men’s 10-meter competition. Admission is free.