Divers Ready For NCAA Zone "A" Championships

Chris Nguyen

Chris Nguyen

March 13, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After taking nearly three weeks off from competition, three of Army's most talented divers will travel to Christiansburg, Va., this weekend (March 15-17) to compete at the NCAA Zone "A" Diving Championships.

Senior Chris Nguyen will be joined by sophomores Zachary Woods and Josh Urnezis at this weekend's event, which will be hosted by Virginia Tech inside the Christiansburg Aquatics Center.

The competition begins on Friday, March 15, with the one-meter event scheduled to get under way at 10 a.m. Action continues on Saturday, March 16, with the one-meter competition slated to start at 10 a.m. The platform event will be contested on Sunday, March 17, at 12 p.m. Army's trio of divers will only compete off the springboards Friday and Saturday.

A total of 43 male divers will compete at the NCAA Zone "A" Diving Championships, with just five qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

Nguyen, who was tabbed the Patriot League Diver of the Meet for the third straight season, was placed on the all-conference first team for the fourth straight year following a pair of dominating performances at the conference championships. Nguyen, who is just the 10th Patriot League student-athlete to collect four first-team citations, became just the third diver in conference history to sweep both boards in three straight championship meets. He took gold off the one-meter board (359.10 points) and also won the three-meter event (381.25) with season-best scores.

Nguyen established a Patriot League record by winning the conference's Male Diver of the Week award eight times this season. He took home the weekly plaudits 18 times over the course of his decorated four-year career. Nguyen will look to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the first time this weekend.

Woods was named to the All-Patriot League second team for the second consecutive season after placing runner-up off the three-meter board (303.05 points) at the conference championships. The Collierville, Tenn., product also placed third off the one-meter board with a season-best score of 321.20. Woods' top score off the three-meter board (320.55) came during Army's dual meet at Lehigh on Jan. 11.

Urnezis, meanwhile, authored the Black Knights' third-highest point totals off both boards throughout the course of the year. He eclipsed the 300-point mark in both events this season, posting 309.52 markers off the one-meter board at Lehigh and racking up 316.80 points at the Patriot League Championships. He made the finals in both events at Patriots, placing fourth off the one-meter (303.80) and finishing sixth off the three-meter (268.30).

All three divers will be looking to qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be contested March 28-30 at the IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind.

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