Greco, Howard And Johnson Head To NCAA Zone C Championship

Whitney Johnson
Whitney Johnson

March 13, 2013

CHICAGO – Mike Greco, Connor Howard and Whitney Johnson make their way to West Lafayette, Ind., to compete at the 2013 NCAA Zone C Diving Championship, running Thursday through Saturday.  Hosted by Purdue, competition gets underway with prelims at 9 a.m. (CT) and finals at noon Thursday and Friday at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

The Flames enter into competition vying for a spot to the NCAA Championships among the region's elite.  The top 18 finishers in the prelims advance to the championship rounds, from which the top four in the 3-meter, top three in the 1-meter and top top in the platform move on to compete March 28-30 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Through competition this season, Greco and Howard were able to meet the NCAA qualifying standard of 300 on 1-meter and 320 on 3-meter a total of 16 times.  Greco tallied 14 qualifying scores, eight on 1-meter and six on 3-meter, as Howard came in with two on 1-meter.

A senior from Naperville, Ill., Greco came away with 20 first-place finishes this season out of a possible 27, while earning the Horizon League Diver of the Week honor four times.  Greco's season-high scores came at the UIC Diving Invitational on Jan. 26, scoring a career-high 326.00 on the 1-meter board and a 359.65 on the 3-meter.

A Homer Glen, Ill., native, sophomore Howard finished in the top three 18 times this season.  Career bests were produced at the UIC Diving Invitational, after Howard scored a second-place 323.90 on the 1-meter and a score of 312.50 on the 3-meter.

Johnson was faced with NCAA qualifying standards of 265 on 1-meter and 280 on 3-meter, and was able to exceed those scores 11 times, seven from the 1-meter and four from the 3-meter.

A sophomore out of Roscoe, Ill., Johnson took first place 17 times through 28 events, as she was named Horizon League Diver of the Week on five occasions.  Johnson captured career-high scores on both boards this season, taking a first-place 296.95 at the HL Championships, setting a school and Championship record, and recording a score of 306.50 at the UIC Diving Invitational.

The Flames hit the boards beginning with prelims on Thursday, with the men competing on the 1-meter and the women taking to the 3-meter, before switching on Friday as the men dive off the 3-meter and the women head to the 1-meter.  While UIC does not compete in the event, platform diving takes place on Saturday.

Live results can be found at

Schedule of Events
Thursday, March 14

Prelims begin at 9 a.m. (CT)
Men’s 1-Meter
Women’s 3-Meter

Friday, March 15
Prelims begin at 9 a.m. (CT)
Men’s 3-Meter
Women’s 1-Meter