Divers Advance

Divers Advance

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Albion College will be sending 10 to the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in March.

Divers Jake Burris and Henry Swett joined the eight swimmers who qualified earlier in the week during a regional meet held at Calvin College this weekend.

While they haven't gone head-to-head in competition until now, Burris and Swett have been following the progress of the Denison University divers all season.

That's why Burris and Swett were happy when they prevented Denison's Max Levy and Brian Allen from finishing first and second in the 1-meter event on Saturday.

Levy, the 2015 Division III Male Diver of the Year, indeed finished first with a 523.70 total.

Burris was second at 499.20. He surged late, scoring 54 on a reverse 1 ½ in the pike position in the ninth round and ending with a reverse 1 ½ somersault, 1 ½ twist that earned 58.5 points.

Swett was fourth, but his 494.15 total was just 1.15 points behind Allen's third place total.

"The results this weekend show we can compete with their level," Diving Coach Eric Burris said. "Jake and Henry were consistent and they were able to move from one dive to the next, leaving any bobble behind them.

"I believe Jake and Henry will do fairly well on the national level," he added.

In the 3-meter competition on Friday, Swett achieved a school-record score of 542.75 to finish third. Jake Burris was fifth with a 509 total.

The NCAA Division III Championships will run March 15-18 at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.

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