AUBURN, Ala. — Tennessee junior Liam Stone and sophomore Rachel Rubadue officially booked their spots in the national championship field with their performances Monday at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships.
Stone qualified with a second-place finish in the 1-meter springboard, posting a two-list combined score of 775.40. He will return to the NCAA championships later this month as the defending champion in the event.
Rubadue secured her second trip to NCAAs by taking fourth on 3-meter with a total of 611.65. She moved from sixth after the preliminaries up to fourth in the final, pushing past the competition in the second half of the finals.
“I was very pleased with two of our divers booking their spots in the NCAA championships on day one,” Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. “Liam picked it up in the finals and did what he needed to do. Rachel started out strong and really competed today. She hit some key dives in clutch situations. I was pleased with her competitive spirit today; she dove with some toughness.
The NCAA zone championships continue Tuesday with the men’s 3-meter and women’s 1-meter competitions.