Leiviska, Mosca to Represent Harvard at NCAA Zone Qualifier
Mosca and Leiviska (pictured) will represent Harvard in both the 1- and 3-meter dives this week. (Tim Morse)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Mike Mosca and freshman Elina Leiviska of Harvard's swimming and diving teams will participate in the NCAA Zone A Diving Meet this week held at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in Christiansburg, Va. Mosca, who was a repeat Ivy League champion this season, and Leiviska have qualified for the zone meet based on results achieved during the 2013-14 swimming and diving season.
What's at Stake?
Five men and six women will earn spots in their respective NCAA championship meets through performances at this weekend's zone qualifier on the campus of Virginia Tech. The winner of each event will get a bid to the NCAA championships, while the remaining spots are determined through a system based on last year's results in the NCAA championships by zone 'A' participants.
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Both Mosca and Leiviska will compete in the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions at the qualifier. Mosca is one of 45 entries in the 1-meter and 44 entries in the 3-meter, while Leiviska will represent Harvard as one of 52 divers in the 1-meter and 50 in the 3-meter.
Each diver will perform six non-repeating dives, after which the field will be cut to 18 finalists with all scores being carried over to the next segment. In the final, the order of divers, which is determined by random selection before the final, will remain the same.
Leiviska will dive in the 1-meter on Monday, before Mosca will challenge for a 3-meter spot that afternoon. The two events will switch on Tuesday, as Mosca will participate in the 1-meter, before Leiviska dives in the 3-meter to close out the day.
Mosca in 2013-14
Mike Mosca enters the zone qualifier as the reigning two-time Ivy League champion on both the one- and three-meter boards. Mosca successfully defended his 1-meter title for the second year in a row with a finals score of 369.45, before taking down a Blodgett pool record in the 3-meter with his score of 409.85. Mosca is the school record holder on both boards in his storied campaign in Cambridge. The junior holds the 1-meter Harvard record of 387.05, and the 3-meter record of 412.42.
Mosca Last Year
Last season, Mosca earned a trip to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in the Zone Qualifier, finishing second in the 1-meter event with 677.60 points and fourth on the 3-meter boards with a score of 704.55. Last season, the Tenefly, N.J., native took 28th in the NCAA Championships on the 3-meter and 32nd in the 1-meter, his first appearance in both events on the national stage.
Leiviska in 2013-14
In her first year in Cambridge, freshman Elina Leiviska performed consistently well all season for the Crimson on the boards. In the Ivy League Championships on the campus of Brown University, Leiviska took second in the 1-meter (288.45) and fourth in the 3-meter (285.20) in the highly competitive events.
This season, Leiviska has not finished worse than second place in any event she has competed in, on both boards, sweeping the Columbia dual and Cornell and Dartmouth tri-meet in the process. The Helsinki, Finland, native captured her season best in the 1-meter in the Ivy Championships, while combining for a career-best 306.35 in the Cornell and Dartmouth tri-meet earlier in the season.
The NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 20-22, while the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships are slated for March 27-29. Both meets will be held in the University of Texas' Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.