March 8, 2011

OXFORD, Ohio - One Miami University women's diver and three from the men's team will compete this Thursday and Friday at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships in Columbus.

RedHawks Lisa Werwinski (Canton), JIMMY BERES (Columbus), Mike Grainger (Cincinnati) and Chris Hoppler (Germantown, MD) will be among approximately 90 divers from 31 schools.

Werwinski placed ninth on the one-meter board and 16th at three meters at the recent Mid-American Conference women's championship meet.

Beres captured both the one- and three-meter events at last week's MAC meet. Hoppler placed third at three meters and eighth and one meter, while Grainger finished fifth on the three-meter board and ninth on the one-meter board.

Head diving coach KR LI, women's swimming coach Dave Jennings and men's swimming coach Pete Lindsay will accompany the athletes to Columbus.

The Ron O'Brien Diving Well inside Ohio State University's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion will host the event. The three-day event will qualify 10 women and seven men into their respective NCAA championship meets. The women's NCAA swimming and diving championships are March 17-19 at the University of Texas and the men's NCAA championships are set for March 24-26 at the University of Minnesota.

All three days of competitive diving this week are open to the public and are free to attend. The championships will run Thursday through Saturday, March 10-12. The schedule:

Thursday at 1 p.m.: Men's 1-meter and women's 3-meter competition;

Friday at 1 p.m.: Men's 3-meter and women's 1-meter;

Saturday at 11 a.m. - Women's 10-meter platform followed by a 30-minute break and then the men's 10-meter platform.

In addition to the host school Ohio State, schools in Zone C who may have divers competing in the championships include: Akron, Ball State, Butler, Cleveland State, Cincinnati, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Evansville, Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana, IUPUI, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oakland, Purdue, Southern Illinois (Carbondale), Illinois-Chicago, Valparaiso, Western Illinois, Western Kentucky, Wright State, Xavier and Youngstown State.