BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - University of California San Diego sophomore diver Brooke Abrantes (San Diego/Santana HS) advanced past Tuesday's pre-qualification diving meet at the CrossPlex and into the main draw of the 2017 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships, which begin Wednesday morning.
Divers earning NCAA qualifying scores during the regular season are subject to the competition on the day prior to the start of the actual meet, at the site of the NCAA Championships each year. All five of UC San Diego's men's and women's divers, under the guidance of first-year diving coach Jon Real, produced the necessary scores earlier in the year to get on the plane to Alabama and participate on Tuesday.
Abrantes navigated through the qualifier on the basis of her eighth-place finish in the three-meter springboard event, with a score of 247.30. She will be the Tritons' first female diver in the main NCAA draw in over a decade.
From one meter, Abrantes was again the top Triton, in 19th (209.45) out of 40, followed by Wong (28th, 192.15), Sullivan (37th, 137.65) and Carlin (38th, 113.55).
On the men's side, junior newcomer Trevor Jackson (Ramona/Ramona HS) competed only on the one-meter board and placed 22nd of 24 with 200.75 points.
Abrantes and Sullivan were making their second appearances in the pre-qualification meet.
Abrantes will compete in preliminaries of one-meter diving on Thursday, March 9, and three-meter on the final day of the NCAA Championships this Saturday, March 11. Trials begin at 12 p.m. PT each day at the CrossPlex. Should she advance to finals, they would take place during the evening sessions.
After the top nine from each board advance automatically to the main draw, an alternating format is used to fill out the remainder of the 18-diver field for the men and 22-diver field for the women for preliminaries.
Nineteen Triton swimmers, 13 women and six men, with four of them strictly eligible for relays, will commence their participation at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday morning, March 8, at 8:30 a.m. PT. All sessions can be watched live online, free of charge, at NCAA.com/live.