MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Powered by a solid effort in the 1-meter event, Mount Holyoke College student-athlete Samantha Nemivant finished seventh overall at the 2018 NCAA Division III Northeast/North Regional Championships, hosted by Middlebury College. Nemivant, who was sixth yesterday in the 3-meter event, has qualified for the NCAA National Championships. Official announcement of the diving field for the NCAA Championships will be on Monday, March 5th. She officially qualified on the 3-meter, but will compete in both at Nationals.
A sophomore out of Scottsdale, Ariz., Nemivant posted an 11-round score of 404.80 points, which put her seventh overall in the field on the 1-meter.
The former Notre Dame Prep standout sixth during yesterday's 3-meter event, recording an overall score of 427.90 points. It put her in solid position to secure a spot to nationals as the top nine qualifiers are taken from the region. Qualifiers will be assigned by alternating between the highest finisher on day one and the highest finisher on day two, considering that divers already invited will be skipped. This assures equal consideration is given to both boards.
Nemivant is coming off a 2017-18 season in which she recorded nine first-place finishes combined off both boards. Additionally, she finished no less than third during the regular season of either board over nine meets. At the NEWMAC Championship, Nemivant was ninth off the 3-meter (441.35), taking seventh in the 1-meter (432.00) the following day. For the season, she recorded seven NCAA Qualifying marks, including four off the 1-meter.
Highlighting Nemivant's season thus far was a sweep of the boards against Westfield State, in which she recorded an NCAA qualifying mark of 257.50 to win the 1-meter, followed by a first-place score of 250.35 on the 3-meter. Nemivant also broke her own school record in the 3-meter event this season, posting 476.20 points to finish third at the 2018 Seven Sisters Championships.
It is with some pride and much joy that I congratulate PDC Diver, Jem Stern, on his verbal commitment to both attend Pomona College and compete on the Sagehens Swim and Dive Team next season. Jem, is a senior at Phoenix Country Day School and has been diving since a very young age. While Jem has many lovable qualities, some of the most notable are his commitment to this amazing sport, an impressive academic record, his always pleasant demeanor on deck and an affinity for French music - okay the last one may not be lovable but we collectively tolerate it.
In addition to diving, Jem is involved with a multitude of service projects and gives freely of his time for good causes. He has been a cast member for his school play, plays multiple musical instruments, is well-spoken/written/read, and my personal favorite - he can bake (though he rarely finds the time). It is bittersweet that Jem's club diving career is coming to a close; however, I know that, without a doubt, the next chapter in Jem's personal life and diving life will be both colorful and wildly successful.
Please join me in congratulating Jem on his success and wish him well in the next phase of his life! Well done, indeed!
Over the summer our divers are involved in all sorts of activities. For the last two years, Alyssa has been interning in Senator McCain's office.
Just over 1/2 way through the National Championships in Columbus and Gage finished at 42nd in 12-13 boys Platform. Daniel finished 39th on 3m and 35th on 1m - very well done for a newcomer to the sport! Great job men!
Kady earned a spot In the Group A 3M Finals today! Her 11th place finish was the highlight of the day. Sam and Alyssa both had strong performances in 1M earlier in the day. Great job ladies!
Day one of the AAU National Championships in Huntersville, NC and we had our first Finalist! Congratulations to Sam (center) for advancing to finals and finishing 12th! AAU All-American! Great job Sam!
In his third and final event, Gage put on a show finishing 3rd! Only 7 points off of his personal best. He will go directly to the Finals in the 12-13 Boys 3 meter event at the National Championships at The Ohio State University. Great job Gage!