Sophomore Ryan Green
Senior Andrew Eckhoff
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Three UMBC divers – sophomores Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and Katie Bean (Mechnicsville, Va./Atlee) and freshman Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) – qualified for the NCAA Zones diving meet while competing against West Virginia on the team's trip to Florida over winter break. The Zones diving competition will take place from Mar. 14-17 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
The three divers join senior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) as qualifiers for the meet, bringing the Retrievers' number of entrees to four, a school record. Eckhoff qualified for the Zones meet in the 1-meter by scoring 318.60 on Nov. 10. This is the first time that UMBC will send multiple divers to the Zones meet since 2006 when Jeff Salgado and Ashley Houghton competed for the Retrievers.
"We're really excited to have a school-record four athletes qualify for the Zones meet," said swimming and diving head coach Chad Cradock. "It's a great accomplishment for our team and the athletes have worked really hard for the opportunity."
In Florida, Eckhoff won the competition with the Mountaineers by posting a season-best score of 338.25. The senior captain, who was named the 2012 America East Most Outstanding Male Diver, has now won five events this season, with two of them coming on the 1-meter board. Meanwhile, Green finished third after scoring a career-best 318.075 to qualify for the NCAA meet.
Both of the Retriever women also set career-bests, with Bean placing third and Darelius finishing fourth against West Virginia. Bean's total of 268.35 eclipsed her previous high of 237.45 which she set in the preliminary round at last year's America East meet in Boston. Darelius bumped her career-best to 265.885 after posting a score of 252.45 on Nov. 10.
In order to qualify for the NCAA Zones meet, divers must reach a standard benchmark in an NCAA sanctioned meet. For the men, divers must surpass 300 points in the 1-meter event or 320 points in the 3-meter competition. The women are required to accumulate 265 points for the lower board while 280 points is the standard for the higher board competition.