COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Arizona State sends three divers to the NCAA Championships, each of them securing a spot through the notoriously tough Zone E Qualifying Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Senior Riley McCormick will make is his fourth and final appearance at the NCAA Championships. McCormick, one of Arizona State’s elite divers, won his third Pac-12 Title in February and first on the springboard discipline. The two-time Olympian on the platform has since been refining his springboard skills. McCormick took home the Pac-12 3-meter springboard Championship and followed it up closely with a Canadian National Title on the same event.
Junior Hailey Casper qualified for her second trip to the NCAA Championships with her second-place finish on the women’s 3-meter springboard. Last year, Casper earned All-American honors after finishing as the NCAA runner-up in the event. Casper also recently place third on the 3-meter at the Canadian National Championships.
The surprise success story of the spring, Sun Devil freshman Luke Clohessy qualified for his first NCAA Championships. Clohessy shocked the conference by winning the 2014 Pac-12 platform title and upsetting the previous champion Rafael Quintero of Arizona and Olympic bronze medalist Kristian Ipsen of Stanford.
The women's swimming and diving NCAA Championships are held in Minneapolis, Minn. from Mar. 20-22, while men’s swimming and diving competes Mar. 27-29 in Austin, Texas.