March 9, 2018
by Tony Jones
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Three University of Notre Dame divers will join a slew of Irish swimmers later this month in NCAA Championship competition following strong performances on Thursday at the 2018 NCAA Zone C Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
Men’s diver Joe Coumos scored 754.15 points across six dives off the 3-meter board to place fourth and qualify for the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in his career. The top-10 finishers in the 3-meter competition secured a bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships (March 21-24) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Coumos, the Notre Dame record holder in the 3-meter event with a score of 419.80 points earlier this season at the Shamrock Invitational, earned a career-best finish of 19th off the 3-meter board with a score off 344.00 at the 2017 national meet.
On the women’s side, Erin Isola and Kelly Straub earned their first career NCAA Championship bids with top finishes in the 1-meter dive at the Zone C meet. Isola scored 570.90 points to finish sixth and Straub added 564.00 points to place seventh, both within the qualification window of the best eight scores to qualify for next week’s NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus.
Qualifying for the men’s 1-meter and women’s 3-meter NCAA bids continue on Friday at Ohio State’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. To date, Notre Dame has qualified a total of 16 swimming and diving student-athletes (10 women, six men) for the 2018 NCAA Championships.
Notre Dame at the 2018 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Abbie Dolan: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay
Skylar Fore: 400 free relay, 800 free relay
Lauren Heller: 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay
Erin Isola: 1-meter diving
Carly Quast: 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay
Sofia Revilak: 200 free relay, 400 free relay
Kyra Sarazen: 800 free relay
Lindsay Stone: 500 freestyle, 1650 freestyle
Kelly Straub: 1-meter diving
Alice Treuth: 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke
Tabahn Afrik: 200 free relay, 400 free relay
Joe Coumos: 3-meter diving
Justin Plaschka: 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay
Daniel Speers: 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay
Rob Whitacre: 200 backstroke, 200 IM, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay
Zach Yeadon: 500 freestyle, 1650 freestyle
Tony Jones, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2012 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame softball, men’s soccer and swimming and diving programs. A native of Jamestown, New York, Jones is a 2011 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and prior to arriving at Notre Dame held positions at the University of Louisiana Monroe and with the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills.