Harvard's Mosca Second on Three-Meter Board at Zones, Earns NCAA Slot
Portions courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -- Harvard sophomore Mike Mosca placed second on the one-meter board Friday at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, earning the sophomore a trip to the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
Mosca was one of 43 divers to compete in the morning preliminaries with the top 18 advancing to the finals. He positioned himself well heading into the afternoon session, ranking fourth with a total score of 329.55 points. He scored 348.05 points in the finals to finish the day with a tally of 677.60 points, putting him behind only Logan Shinholser of Virginia Tech who posted a score of 704.55.
Mosca's performance qualifies him to compete at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on both the one- and three-meter boards. The Harvard school record holder and reigning Ivy League champion in both events, Mosca is the first Crimson diver to qualify for the championship meet since Enrique Roy in 2003.
Princeton's Christopher Kelly finished 10th, while teammates Harris Bergman and Stevie Vines were 13th and 14th, respectively. Columbia's Micah Rembrandt and Dartmouth's Brett Gillis did not advance past the preliminaries and finished 24th and 27th, respectively. Columbia's Derek Kim also did not advance and was 38th.
Harvard's Brittany Powell reached the finals of the women's three meter. Powell advanced past the preliminary round with a score of 253.55, and added 236.25 points during the finals to take 15th place overall with a total score of 489.80. Columbia's Kristin Hehir and Cornell's Manita Herlitz-Ferguson did not advance out of preliminaries and finished 24th and 33rd, respectively.
The women will compete on the one-meter board and the men on the three-meter board on Saturday.