March 7, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy's D.J. Principato (Sr., Easton, Pa.) and Wil Mayo (Sr., The Woodlands, Texas) will compete in the NCAA Zone `A' Diving Championship that begins Monday at the Christiansburg Aquatics Center in Christiansburg, Va. Virginia Tech is the host school for the meet that will send five divers on to the NCAA Championship.
Over 40 men's divers from schools located in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions are entered into the meet. The women's one-meter and men's three-meter events will be held Monday, the men's one-meter and women's three-meter boards will be contested Tuesday and platform diving for both the men and the women will be held Wednesday. Competition begins at noon on each of the three days.
"This is a huge meet for these guys," said Navy diving coach Rich MacDonald. "It is by far the best competition they will have seen all year. They have been preparing for this all year and if their performances during the conference meet were any indication, they are ready to compete and dive well. It should be an exciting meet and we are looking forward to it."
Both Navy divers are coming off of the best Patriot League Championship showings of their respective careers. Mayo won both boards and was tabbed as the Patriot League Diver of the Meet, while Principato garnered second-team all-league honors after placing fourth in each springboard event.
Mayo previously competed at the 2011 and 2012 zone meets. His best finish in an event was a ninth-place showing on the platform in 2011. Meanwhile, Principato will be making his first appearance at the championship.