Divers Brittany Powell, Mike Mosca to Compete at NCAA Zone Qualifier

Divers Brittany Powell, Mike Mosca to Compete at NCAA Zone Qualifier

Mike Mosca won both the one-meter and three-meter Ivy titles (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

Brittany Powell and Mike Mosca of Harvard's swimming and diving teams will participate in the NCAA Zone A Diving Meet this weekend held at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in Christiansburg, Va. Powell and Mosca, who were both Ivy League champions this season, have qualified for the zone meet based on results achieved during the 2012-13 swimming and diving season.

What's at Stake?

Five men and six women will earn spots in their respective NCAA championship meets through performances at this weekend's zone qualifier. The winner of each event will get a bid to the NCAA championships, while the remaining spots are determined through a system based on last year's results in the NCAA championships by zone 'A' participants.

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Event Formats
Both Mosca and Powell will compete in the one-meter and three-meter competitions at the qualifier. There are 43 entries in each of the events, except for the women's three-meter, which features 40 divers. After six dives in each event, the field will be cut to 18 finalists with all scores being carried over to the next segment. In the final, the order of divers, which is determined by random selection before the final, will remain the same. Mosca's one-meter and Powell's three-meter will be on Friday and the opposite schedule will be used Saturday.

Mosca's 2012-13 Season
Mike Mosca enters the zone qualifier as the Ivy League champion on both the one- and three-meter boards. Mosca successfully defended his one-meter title this past weekend with a finals score of 387.05 while taking the three-meter crown for the first time with a finals score of 409.85. Both scores were the highest ever recorded at the Ivy League Championships using the current scoring format.

Mosca is the school record holder on both boards with his score on the one meter from the conference meet surpassing his previous record, set earlier this year, of 372.45. The sophomore also broke his own school record on the three meter in a dual meet at Brown this season with a score of 412.42.

Mosca Last Year

Last season, Mosca finished second in the one-meter event with 684.15 points and third on the three-meter boards with a score of 773.05.  He also produced the finals' fields' best dive in the inward 2 1/2 somersault pike (66.00).

Powell's 2012-13 Season
Brittany Powell culminated the year with an Ivy League championship in the one-meter event to become the first women's conference champion diver for Harvard since Sam Papadakis in 2008. She qualified in second during the prelims, but was easily the best diver in the finals session and beat Princeton's Rachel Zambrowicz by more than 20 points by posting a score of 290.45.

Powell's Zone History

This is Powell's third trip to the zone-qualifying meet, as she also competed in 2010 and 2011. As a freshman, she placed ninth off of the platform, but failed to advance to the finals in either the one-meter or three-meter. She was 23rd (220.70) place on one-meter dives and 33rd (189.70) out of the three-meter field. The next year, she advanced to the finals off of the three-meter board and finished in 16th with a score of 471.25. She was also 28th off of the one-meter (202.50) board in 2011.

Up Next
The NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 21-23, while the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships are slated for March 28-30. Both meets will be held in Indianapolis, Ind.