MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Juniors Alex Obendorf
and Logan McHenry
of the West Virginia University diving team advanced to the finals on 3-meter on the second day of the 2017 NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, in Blacksburg, Virginia, on Tuesday.
The second day of competition was highlighted by a Obendorf and McHenry’s appearance in the 3-meter finals, while the women competed on 1-meter. Obendorf is two-for-two in advancing to the finals thus far at the NCAA Zones Championships, as he advanced on 1-meter at yesterday’s competition.
“Today was a good day for the men,” said WVU diving coach Michael Grapner. “Logan and Alex did great! Alex has always been close, but never in a 3-meter final at zones. Logan was determined to make finals after last year when he failed a dive and his prelim didn't go so well. For the girls, they had another rough day, finishing their dives. They did some nice things and made the right corrections, but we just couldn't finish the dives for the maximum points.”
Obendorf placed 13th in the finals on 3-meter, scoring a 329.65 and earning a combined score of 638.05. He advanced to the finals after placing 17th in the preliminary round with a score of 308.40.
McHenry qualified for the finals after placing seventh in the prelims with a score of 343.00. He finished 17th overall with a finals score of 276.85 and a combined score of 619.85.
In the prelims of the men’s 3-meter competition, freshman Gerald Hodges
placed 32nd with a score of 252.60, and sophomore Austin Smith
finished 33rd, scoring 249.65
For the Mountaineer women, sophomore Madelyn Woods
led the squad in the prelims of the 1-meter event. Woods placed 31st with a score of 225.30, followed by sophomores Julia Calcut
in 35th (213.95) and Averly Hobbs
in 37th (212.90).
To open competition on Monday, Obendorf qualified for the finals after placing 14th in the prelims with a score of 292.80. In the finals, he finished 15th overall, scoring 288.75 with a combined score of 581.55.
The top four men’s divers on 1-meter and platform and the top five finishers on 3-meter will qualify for the NCAA Championship, while the women will advance the top five divers on 1-meter and the top six on 3-meter and platform to the NCAA meet.
Live results can be found at meetcontrol.com.
Competition concludes on Wednesday, March 8, with the women's platform at 11 a.m. ET and the men's platform at 2 p.m. ET.
Zone A consists of schools in 13 states, plus Washington D.C.: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.