Kendall Hollimon Qualifies for NCAA Championships with Second-Place Showing at Diving Regionals
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Four-time All-American diver Kendall Hollimon will get the opportunity to add to his total as he earned one of two spots from the Trinity (Texas) qualifier to the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held on March 18-21 in Greensboro, N.C.
Hollimon finished in second place in both the three-meter dive on Friday and the one-meter dive on Saturday, doing what he needed to do to earn one of the two invitations to nationals. Emory's Lucas Bumgarner finished first in both events to earn the other invitation.
In the three-meter dive on Friday, Hollimon earned 514.05 points, behind Bumgarner's 591.55, but well ahead of Jem Stern of Pomona-Pitzer in third with 440.45. Coming into Saturday's competition, Hollimon needed to duplicate at least that second-place finish in order to advance, and he did so by a comfortable margin, earning 467.75 points compared to 409.60 from third-place Benjamin Willett of Pomona-Pitzer.
Hollimon has been an All-American in each of his first three seasons on the three-meter board, including a third-place finish last season. He also came in fourth in the three-meter as both a freshman and sophomore, and seventh in the one-meter as a sophomore to earn All-America status four times in total.
With his ticket punched to Greensboro, Hollimon will join a large traveling contingent from the CMS swimming and diving teams, as a total of 18 student-athletes will represent the Stags and Athenas at nationals. A total of 11 Athenas and seven Stags will be competing at nationals as CMS will try for a high finish in the team standings this winter.