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Calvin Selected to Host NCAA III Regional Diving Competition March 1 and 2 at Venema Aquatic Center

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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Diving Regional Site Alignment

The NCAA has passed a new qualification system for divers seeking to qualify for the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships next March and Calvin will be a part of that new process.

Beginning this year, men’s and women’s divers seeking to qualify for the NCAA III Championships will compete at one of four regional qualifying sites March 1 and 2. Calvin has been selected as one of the four host sites with competition slated to be held at the Venema Aquatic Center.

“We are extremely pleased to be selected to host a diving regional,” said Calvin head men’s and women’s swimming coach Dan Gelderloos. “The new format has been in the works for many years and it is exciting to see it not only happen, but also take place on Calvin’s campus.”

In prior years, divers needed to hit a qualifying score and then submit a video of their qualifying dives to a national committee. The committee would then reveiw the videos and make the final selections for the official diving field for the NCAA III Championships.

With the new regional format instituted, divers will no longer need a committee to review their work but will instead earn their way to the national meet at the regional competition.

In order to advance to the regional meet, divers will still need to hit a qualifying score on either the one or three-meter boards during the regular season and must then submit an intent-to-compete form for the regional meet by late February. At the regional meet the winner of each diving competition (one and three-meter) will gain an automatic qualification to the NCAA III Championships, scheduled to be held March 20-23 in Shenandoah, Texas.

Additional qualifying spots for the men’s and women’s one and three-meter boards will be determined by the amount of divers competing at each regional.

“There are four regional sites - the Northeast-South Regional, the Northeast-North Regional, the Midwest-South-West Regional and the Central Regional,” said Calvin men’s and women’s diving coach Aaron Paskvan who has served as the diving representative on the NCAA III Rules and Championships Committee the last four years. “Calvin is a part of the Central Regional so we will be hosting divers from the states of Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and a few from the state of Minnesota. There will be additional qualifying spots for divers at the regional meet but it will depend on how many divers are competing. If there are more divers at one regional, that regional would have more qualifying spots. We won’t know how many overall (qualifying) spots there are for each regional until divers declare to compete for regional competition in late February.”

Paskvan is also excited about the new format and the chance to host. “Calvin has a high-quality facility for competition so that will be a big bonus for any diver competing,” said Paskvan. “I am also excited about the new format. I think it will be a strong format for qualifying that will force divers to peak at the end of the year, much like many other sports. In order to qualify for nationals, a diver will need to continue to dive well in March, not just in December.”

Under the direction of Paskvan, Calvin has posted 13 All-America performances in diving - nine on the women’s side and four on the men’s side. Paskvan was named the Division III National Women’s Diving Coach of the Year in both 2007 and 2009.

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