Four Trinity Divers to Compete in NCAA Regional Meet

Four Trinity Divers to Compete in NCAA Regional Meet

San Antonio - Four Trinity divers will represent the Tigers at the NCAA Division III Region 2 Championships Friday and Saturday at San Antonio's Palo Alto College Aquatic Center.

Senior Christine Peterson will compete in the 17-diver women's events that will represent thirteen different teams. Duncan MacAskill, first-years Anthony Liva and Daniel Valmassei are among the field of 11 men's divers and eight teams. Each Trinity diver earned NCAA qualifying scores during the fall season.

Friday's events begin at 2:00 p.m. with the women's 1-meter and men's 3-meter boards on the schedule. Saturday's action starts at noon, as the women compete on the 3-meter board, and the men on the 1-meter. The competitors will have 11 dives in each event.

The divers are vying for slots in the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships to be held March 21-24 at Indianapolis, Indiana. The NCAA will announce March 1 the number of divers from each region who will qualify for nationals.

Peterson is the veteran of the Region Championships, as she will compete in her fourth NCAA event. Her best finish was a tie for fifth place on the low board during the 2016 Regional. Last year, Peterson came in sixth on the high board and eighth on the low board.

Earlier this month, Peterson was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Diver of the Meet. The SCAC Swimming & Diving Championships were held at The Colony, Texas, and Peterson won the gold in the 1-meter and 3-meter events.

Valmassei was tabbed as the SCAC Men's Diver of the Meet, after sweeping the titles on both boards. Liva was runner-up in the 1-meter event, while MacAskill placed third. MacAskill was the second-place finisher on the high board, and Liva came in third.

The Tiger divers helped both teams capture the SCAC Swimming & Diving Championships. Trinity's women won their 15th consecutive title, and the men garnered their seventh championship in a row.

MacAskill will compete in his second Regional meet. In 2016, MacAskill placed third on the 1-meter board and fourth on the 3-meter. He was also elected the SCAC Men's Diver of the Year in 2016 and 2017.

Stan Randall is in his 16th year at the helm of Trinity's diving program. Three of his women's divers captured NCAA Championships. Lindsay Martin won the 1-meter title, and Hayley Emerick took the 3-meter crown in 2010. Ruth Hahn was the 3-meter champion in 2012. A total of eight divers have earned All-America honors on 24 occasions during Coach Randall's tenure.