UND duo dives at NCAA zone meet

North Dakota seniors Clayton Metcalf and Jennifer Anklan had the opportunity to dive on the national stage at the 2015 NCAA Zone Diving Meet this week at the University of Iowa.

With divers from 11 different schools, the two UND divers will have a chance to qualify for the NCAA championships on Mar. 19-20 in Greensboro, N.C.

Anklan received 46th place in the 3-meter on Monday and placed No. 35 in the 1-meter dive Tuesday.

Her dives on Monday resulted in a score of 209.70 in six dives, while she tallied a 234.65 in the prelims on Tuesday, placing above competitors from schools including Minnesota, Texas A&M, Missouri and Kansas.

Anklan and Metcalf competed in the platform championship Wednesday in an attempt to make it to the NCAA championships. Results were not posted as of Wednesday afternoon.

Anklan is a Rochester, Minn., native and has collected various awards throughout her career at UND, including the All-Academic WAC team during her junior year and collected various top scores within the team in her events.

Metcalf is from Monticello, Minn., and recorded his highest 1-meter score during his freshman year and competed at the WAC championships during his sophomore year, where he earned his best score at the time of 263.55.

UND coach Brian Strom has mentored 21 divers that have combined for a total of 69 All-America honors in his 25 years as head coach. He has led North Dakota to 44 NCAA Division II top-five finishes. Under Strom, seven qualifiers have competed in three NCAA zone meets.

Staff Report