Swanson dive makes NCAA cut

It was a day full of NCAA qualifying scores for both the men’s and women’s diving teams. The College competed against mostly Division I teams at the Rutgers University Invitational on Saturday and turned in impressive scores.

On the women’s side, senior Lee Swanson finished fourth in the one-meter dive with a score of 278.85 and fifth in the three-meter dive with 279.90. Both scores were NCAA qualifiers.

“In Division I, the competition is tough and sometimes intimidating,” Swanson said. “It’s good practice to be in that atmosphere. It helps to calm my nerves at METs (Metropolitan Conference Championships).”

Freshman Jessica Lynch took home two eighth-place finishes in both the one-meter event with 157.70 and the three-meter event with 165.70.

Sophomore Greg Lloyd placed sixth with a score of 310.60 in the one-meter event and earned a fourth-place finish in the three-meter event, scoring 351.85. Both scores are NCAA qualifying marks.

“I did not dive as well as I wanted to,” Lloyd said, “but it was still a good meet.”

“Rutgers is actually the location for METs, which is our conference championship coming up,” Swanson said. “It was great to get the feel of the diving boards before we have to dive there next weekend.”

Lions swimming and diving action continues on Feb. 16-18 at the METs, hosted by Rutgers University.