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Three Springfield Divers Earn Bids To NCAA Division III Championships

Three Springfield Divers Earn Bids To NCAA Division III Championships

Springfield, Mass. - March 11, 2019 - Following tremendous performances at the regional championship, three Springfield College divers have qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held on March 20-23, 2019, at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Representing Springfield for the second-straight year, Sierra Skaza (Belchertown, Mass.) and Connor Pennington (Monson, Mass.) return back to the national meet, while first-year Luca Brashear (Amherst, Mass.) will make his first-ever trip to the NCAA Championships.  Under the direction of Pete Avdoulos, Springfield is one of only seven programs across the Division III landscape to send at least three divers to NCAA's this year.

At the NCAA Northeast Diving Regional Championship held at MIT, Skaza was among 22 women's divers who were competing for seven potential bids.  After her one-meter competition was cut short on Friday after hitting the board, Skaza rebounded with a remarkable showing on Saturday afternoon as she produced a score of 460.90 to finish in fifth place and punch her return ticket to nationals.

Seven spots to the national meet were also up for grabs in the men's regional meet, and Springfield had four of the 23 divers from across the region in the competition.  Pennington put together a historic showing, becoming the first Springfield men's diver to win a NCAA Division III regional title after turning in a winning score of 503.20 on the one-meter.  A day prior, Pennington placed fourth on the three-meter with a 513.80.  Brashear continued to impress in his first season at Springfield, as he took seventh on both boards, notching a 461.70 on the three-meter before turning in a 436.10 on the one-meter as he earned a bid to compete in Greensboro.

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