Nemivant Set to Compete at 2017 NCAA DIII Diving Regionals

Samantha Nemivant '20
Samantha Nemivant '20

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Mount Holyoke College diver Samantha Nemivant will compete at the 2017 NCAA Division III Diving Regional Championship hosted by MIT on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25, 2017. The rookie is one of 28 female divers in the field competing for a spot at the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, March 15-18 in Shenandoah, Texas.

Nemivant, who is a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., has put forth an outstanding season with qualifying marks off both boards. Competing in 11 meets during the regular season, she posted 13 victories, including seven off the 1-meter board.

Among her top highlights of the season included a win off both boards in consecutive meets against Westfield State and Wellesley. Needing two NCAA qualifying marks to compete at Regionals, Nemivant earned her first in a runner-up finish at Smith College in October, posting a mark of 256.05 points. She then grabbed her second needed mark at Wellesley, winning the 1-meter with a mark of 261.85.

Nemivant continued to impress deep into the season, finishing fourth off both boards at Seven Sisters as she garnered qualifying marks in both. She then swept both boards against Simmons before recording season-high dual meet marks against Smith. The first year recorded a season-high 273.60 points to win the 1-meter, before achieving third off the 3-meter board with a season's best 268.50 points.

At the NEWMAC Championships, the Notre Dame Prep graduate held her own in a tough field of divers. She placed ninth in the 1-meter event, recording 408.25 points, before finishing sixth off the 3-meter board with 450.80 points.

Additionally, Nemivant was named the NEWMAC Diver of the Week on November 21, following her effort at Wellesley. She also earned Lyon of the Week honors after posting three wins and a runner-up finish in a pair of tri-matches during January.

Nemivant looks to be the first diver to qualify and compete at the Division III National Championships since Lauren Griffin and Elena Giordano '03. Griffin qualified for the 2006 National Championships, while Giordano earned Honorable Mention All-America twice off the 1-meter board at the 2002 and 2003 Championships. Earlier this season, Nemivant eclipsed one of Giordano's record of 427.55 in the 3-meter (11-dive) event, posting a mark of 452.85 points at the Seven Sisters Championship.

Prior to arriving at Mount Holyoke, Nemivant was a three-year member of the varsity diving team. In addition to serving as captain, she was also a two-time Most Valuable Player. The AIA Division II Girls Diver of the Year, she was third at the State Championship as a senior and placed sixth at States during her junior season.




Schedule of Events:

Friday, February 24, 2017

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM: Restricted Flighted Warm-Up (Women's 1-Meter)

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM: Restricted Open Warm-Up

2:00 PM - 4:45 PM: Women's 1-Meter Competition


Saturday, February 25, 2017

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Restricted Open Warm-Up

12:00 PM - 2:45 PM: Women's 3-Meter Competition



Single Day Ticket Prices:

$6 Adults

$3 Children Over 12 & Senior Citizens

Children 12 and Under & Students from all institutions (with ID) are FREE


Two-Day Ticket Prices:

$10 Adults (Two-Day Pass)

$5 Children Over 12 & Senior Citizens

Children 12 and Under & Students from all institutions (with ID) are FREE