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.
More information regarding the NCAA Championships will come on Monday. Stay tuned to the Athletics website for more information.