Mosca will make his third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships thanks to a pair of top-4 finishes in Zone A Qualifiers. (Harvard Athletics)
BUFFALO – Harvard senior diver Mike Mosca topped the charts on the 3-meter board and took fourth on the 1-meter at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, earning himself a trip to the 2015 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships for the third year in a row.
Mosca, who recently became the third diver ever to sweep both boards at the Ivy League Championships, broke a pool record in the prelims of the 3-meter with his score of 424.20, leading the pack into the final, which was narrowed from 53 to 18. From there, the senior dominated the field yet again, combining dives for a score of 817.45, 23 points higher than the second-place finisher, Jakob Kolod from Virginia. That score on the 3-meter was the highest score ever received by a diver from Harvard in NCAA competition, as he bested his own record from Zones two years ago.
At the end of the two days, Mosca was one of eight men's qualifiers from Zone A this week with his first and fourth place finishes in Buffalo. With the new system, the top-four finishers earn automatic entries into the Championships.
The Tenafly, New Jersey, native took fourth on the 1-meter championship on Monday after a long week of practice. His combined score of 642.15 was near the top of the pack and put him in a position to qualify on both boards right off the bat.
Mosca was joined in Buffalo by freshman David Pfeifer, who competed on both boards. As a rookie in NCAA Zones, Pfeifer did well to place 31st on 1-meter and 21st on 3-meter. The Merrimack, New Hampshire native scored a 245.45, just 25 points shy of making the top-18 to advance. The following day, Pfeifer registered a 284.40, a mere three points away from advancing to the finals.