Diving Starts SCIAC Championships
CMS' Stevick shatters SCIAC record
COMMERCE, Calif. – It was an exciting day on the boards to kick off the 2014 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Swimming & Diving Championships at the Brenda Villa Aquatics Center. Defending Claremont-Mudd-Scripps three-meter diving champion James Stevick did not just break the league record tonight; he shattered it by 34 points.
The first awards of the 2014 edition of the league meet were presented to the top-three athletes in the men’s three-meter diving event. Stevick made it three straight SCIAC titles for the Stags by scoring a 572.30, improving on his CMS 11-dive record of 532.20 in the process.
Going into the evening session seeded second, Stevick used a solid showing in the finals, comprised of six optional dives after five scores carried over from the morning, highlighted by an inward 2½ that earned him scores ranging from 8.0 to 9.0. His final four dives of the meet scored better than 20 points apiece to aid in his historic night.
Joining Stevick on the podium was the La Verne duo of Scott MacKay and Jake Tittl whose scores of 488.80 and 460.45, respectively, earned each a bid to compete in the NCAA Division III Regionals at Grinnell (Ia.) College on Feb. 28-Mar. 1. The trio all reached the qualifying mark of 440.00 in the morning session today.
MacKay posted almost identical morning and evening scores with a 485.75 to earn the No. 1 seed in the Preliminary round. Tittl performed better this evening, improving on his morning mark of 446.20, as both earned bids. All four scores for the Leos were school records as MacKay replaces the previous best LV mark of 387.30 set by Tittl last season.
The highest scoring dive of the competition came from MacKay with a 26.0-point showing on his front piked 2½ that earned him scores in the high 8.5 and 9.0’s.
Joining the trio in the finals was a pair of Kingsmen, each of whom also broke the CLU 11-dive record in the morning portion of the meet. Ryan Brem and Joey Zielsdorf scored 406.05 and 403.70, respectively, breaking the previous best Cal Lutheran mark by more than 19 points apiece. Brem improved that score and maintained the fourth spot in the evening finals. His total score of 460.45, that included the third best overall score of the competition on his front tucked 2½, was a near qualifying mark for the junior. Zielsdorf (391.95) dropped into sixth as Chapman’s Robert Herman leapfrogged the CLU sophomore with a 414.00, a CU school record for 11-dives.
Rounding out the top nine tonight were Ben Grabowski (359.45) from Caltech, Scott Robles (329.05) from Whittier and Alex Place (328.45) from Caltech.
Kevin Schultz also dove for the Kingsmen today, producing a 295.95 in his first SCIAC Championships three-meter appearance.
SCIAC Swimming & Diving Championships will continue tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 21 with both swimming and diving events. Competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. with one-meter diving scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Final Results: Men’s three-meter Individual Results
Preliminaries Results: Men’s three-meter Individual Results
Overall Standings: Men’s three-meter Final Results
SCIAC Championships: Caltech Meet Central
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