Rider at NCAA Zones - One-Meter Competition
BLACKSBURG, Va.--Junior diver Trevor Hiller (Galloway Twp./Absegami) and freshman diver Wayco Bailey (Casper, Wyo./Natrona County HS) of the Rider University men's swimming and diving team are competing March 15-16 at the NCAA Zone 'A' qualifier, hosted by Virginia Tech.
The competition is taking place at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.
For the Broncs on Friday, Hiller finished 29th on the one-meter board (249.45) with Bailey placing 43rd (186.35) in the one-meter competition.
"Trevor just couldn't find a good approach today," said diving coach Eric Blevins. "He made the best out of each dive and learned a lot from this competition that will push him to work hard going into Saturday and next season."
"Wayco failed his first dive," said Blevins. "I'm really proud of the way he battled back. He could have easily thrown in the towel and didn't. He is definitely beginning to mature as a diver."
The top 18 divers advanced to the finals which will take place later Friday afternoon.
The three-meter competition will be Saturday, beginning at noon.
As a sophomore, Hiller also qualified for the NCAA Zone competition and was 18th in the finals on the one-meter board with a score of 526.65 while placing 19th in the preliminaries on the three-meter board (272.85).
At the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships in mid-February, Hiller was named the Male Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet after winning the one-meter competition (281.20) after placing runner-up on the three-meter board (260.40) as the Broncs repeated as the team champion.
At MAACs, Bailey was fourth on the three-meter board (246.20) and seventh on the one-meter (216.35).
Hiller was a five-time MAAC Diver of the Week honoree in 2012-13 with Bailey earning the award on January 22, 2013.
Five qualifying spots for the NCAA Championships have been allocated to Zone A with four other competitions taking place throughout the weekend to fill out the diving portion of the championships.
"I'm excited for tomorrow," Blevins added. "I think they both can bounce back and do well on the three-meter board."
The NCAA men's swimming and diving championships will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana March 28-30.