4 Crimson Headed to NCAA Zone Diving Championships

4 Crimson Headed to NCAA Zone Diving Championships

Mosca, Stanton, Zarrella and Doran will take flight at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Four members of the Harvard men's diving team will travel to Buffalo, New York to compete at the 2012 NCAA Zone A Diving Championships. The meet, hosted by Buffalo University, will be held Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11 with diving to start at 12 p.m. each day.

The Crimson's team will be made up of Mike Mosca, Michael Stanton, Joe Zarrella and George Doran. The four will attempt to become the first Crimson diver to qualify for the NCAA Championships since Greg Walker '01 did so in 2001.

Mosca, a freshman, broke the school records in both the one and three meter events in his first campaign. He opened the season against Dartmouth with a record setting score of 367.25 in the one meter, and posted a total of 363.8 points on the three meter at HYP. Mosca went on to win the one meter at the Ivy League Championships while placing second in the three meter to earn himself a pair of All-Ivy League honors.

Stanton will be making his second appearance at the zone championships, after finishing 11th in both the one (572.65) and three meter (582.95) events in 2010. The junior placed third on the three-meter board at this year's Ivy Championships with a score of 356.45 and took sixth on the one meter with 304.80 points.

Zarrella and Doran will also be making their first zone appearances. Zarrella finished fourth in the one meter and 11th in the three meter diving events with scores of 315.10 and 311.80 at the Ivy League Championships this past weekend, and recorded his best three meter score of 328.35 against Brown on Jan. 19. Doran also performed well at Brown, finishing with a score of 303.53 in the one meter, while his top three-meter score of 319.80 points came at Ohio State on Jan 21.

Qualification for the NCAA Championships is dependent on a diver's performance at the zone meet. In this year's Zone A there will be four spots available to earn a NCAA berth. Claiming a title on either the one meter, three meter, or platform dive gives a diver an automatic ticket. If a diver is to place first in two events, the second place diver will receive a bid. If three individual divers claim each event and there are no ties, the fourth bid will go to the highest cumulative score.