March 9, 2014

Four UMBC Divers Head to Virginia for NCAA Zones

BALTIMORE – For the second consecutive season, the UMBC swimming and diving team sends four divers to the NCAA Zone "A" Diving Meet.  This year's regional diving meet will take place from March 10-12 and will be hosted by Virginia Teach at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

UMBC posted a remarkable year on the diving boards, sweeping all four diving events at the America East and CCSA Championships.  In addition, sophomore Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) was named the Most Outstanding Diver at the America East meet and junior Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) captured the Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet award at the CCSA meet.

Darelius makes her second trip to the NCAA Zones meet after bettering her career-bests on both diving boards this season.  The sophomore booked a place at the regional meet by scoring 271.95 on the 1-meter board while competing in Coral Springs, Fla. on Jan. 4.  She broke her career-best on the 3-meter board with a score of 272.47 on Jan. 11 as UMBC competed against Howard at the UMBC Aquatic Complex.  Darelius was named the America East Diver of the Week three times during the season.

At the America East Championships, Darelius swept the two diving events to earn the top diver award.  She led both events after the prelim round and then took the titles during the nighttime finals.

For the men, Green advances to his second straight NCAA Zones meet and will be joined by senior Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) and junior Carson Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School).  Green and Wong made it a Retriever diving sweep by winning the 3-meter and 1-meter competitions, respectively, at the 2014 CCSA Championships. 

Green originally qualified for the NCAA Zones by posting a score of 304.65 on Jan. 4 in Florida.  He then bested that mark with a new career-high score of 319.85 in the prelims of the event at the CCSA Championships and then went on to win a silver medal in competition.  At the 3-meter height, Green saved his best for last, scoring a career-best 318.85 to win gold at the conference championships in Knoxville.  During the dual meet season, he was named the CCSA Diver of the Week twice.

Perkins was the first UMBC diver to qualify for the NCAA Zones this season by scoring a career-best 323.62 on Oct. 26 as the Retrievers entertained George Washington.  The senior also posted a season-best in the 1-meter event that day, scoring 281.02.  At the CCSA Championships, Perkins won a bronze medal in both events.

Wong met the Zones qualifying standard in the opening round of the 1-meter competition in Tennessee.  He scored 305.60 in the prelim round to place second, but then raised it to 309.40 to capture the gold medal during the night session.  The junior's top score on the 3-meter board came at Old Dominion on Nov. 2 when he scored 305.10 to take the top spot in the standings.  The next Wednesday, Wong was honored as the CCSA Diver of the Week.