March 5, 2018

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Two Virginia divers advanced to the NCAA Championships following the first day of competition at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships on Monday (March 5) at the Rutgers Aquatic Center.

Sophomores Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) and Bryce Shelton (Vienna, Va.) earned a berth to the NCAA Championships. Dusel placed third in the women’s 1-meter dive with a 12-dive score of 580.70, while Shelton placed fourth in the men’s 3-meter dive, recording a score of 727.65.

“Sydney and Bryce did great today,” head diving coach Jason Glorius said. “They were super consistent and really did some nice dives. Very proud of their effort and composure.”

Earlier in the day, Dusel placed third in the preliminary round with a score of 283.50. She advanced to the finals, capturing a score of 297.2.

Shelton finished sixth in the preliminary round with a score of 355.75 before recording a score of 371.90 in the finals.

Junior Kylie Towbin (New Canaan, Conn.) and senior Corey Johnson (Ambler, Va.) advanced to the finals of the 1-meter board, finishing 15th and 17th, respectively. Towbin recorded a score of 490.20, while Johnson recorded a score of 481.50.

Freshman Jocelyn Porter (Cornelius, N.C.) placed 36th in the 1-meter dive with a score of 207.25.

The top six finalists in the women’s 1-meter dive automatically qualified for the women’s NCAA Championships March 14-17. The top five performers in the men’s 3-meter dive advanced to the men’s NCAA Championships March 21-24.

Virginia will return to action tomorrow for the women’s 3-meter dive and the men’s 1-meter dive. The meet will begin at noon.

The women’s 3-meter competition will feature 58 participants, while the men’s 1-meter will feature 44 participants. The top 18 competitors in both events will compete in the finals. Six from both the women’s 3-meter and men’s 1-meter boards will earn a spot at the NCAA Championships.