CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – Harvard diver Mike Mosca topped the charts on the 1-meter board and took third on the 3-meter at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, earning himself a trip to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships for the second year in a row.
Mosca, the Ivy League Champion on both boards, was one of 45 divers to compete in the 1-meter prelims on Tuesday with the top 18 advancing to the finals. With a solid group of dives, the Tenefly, N.J., native positioned himself well heading into the afternoon session. Mosca sat first with his combined score of 342.75 after the prelims, nearly 20 points higher than his original performance in the Zones a year ago. He went on to score 347.50 points in the finals to finish the day with a tally of 690.25 points, ahead of every other participant for the sure-fire ticket to Austin, Texas, at the end of March.
The junior also turned in a strong showing on the 3-meter on Monday as well, taking third place. After his prelim score of 383.00, Mosca added 354.80 points to stay sturdy at No. 3, qualifying him once again for both boards in the NCAAs.
Mosca is the first of the men's swimming and diving team to punch his ticket to the NCAA Championships, as the rest of members of the squad will find out who is joining him in Austin as the field is announced on Wednesday.
Freshman Elina Leiviska also represented Harvard in the Zone A qualifications on the women's side. On Monday, the Helsinki, Finland, native compiled 232.35 points in the prelims of the 1-meter dive, advancing in the top-18 to the finals. She added 233.50 more points in the finals to claim 14th with her combined score of465.85.
On Tuesday's 3-meter dive, Leiviska scored an outstanding 295.15 to head into the finals in fifth place. She then added a 242.55 score in the round of the top-18 to eventually take a 12th-place finals slot with her total score of 537.70.