ROCHESTER, NY – Rowan University has three divers that qualified for the NCAA Northeast/South Regional on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2 at Rochester Institute of Technology. Chad Shire, Klaudia Rzotkiewicz and Corinne Finkbinder will compete at the regional.
The diving begins at 2 p.m. on Friday with the men’s one-meter followed by the women’s three-meter. On Saturday, the men’s three-meter is scheduled for noon and the women’s one-meter is next. This is the second straight appearance at the regional for Shire (jr. Mullica Hill, NJ/Kingsway Reg.), Rzotkiewicz (so. Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Egg Harbor Twp.) and Finkbinder (jr. Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown).
“Chad has really become a spectacular diver to watch,” stated head coach Brad Bowser. “His hard work in the offseason really has propelled him into being one of the best divers in the country. I am excited to see him rise to the occasion this weekend and qualify for NCAAs.”
This year, Shire won the one-meter diving (11 dives) with 511.70 points at the Metropolitan Championships. He also had a first place (556.60) on the three-meter board. Shire was named the Diver of the Meet. Against The College of New Jersey, he claimed first in both events. He totaled 300.60 points in the one-meter and 318 points in the three-meter.
Shire had first places at the William Paterson University meet. He compiled 320.70 points in the one-meter and had 329.85 points in the three-meter. At the WPI Gompei Invitational, Shire finished second in the one-meter (445.50) and three-meter (433.45) diving (11 dives). This season, he was selected the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Diver of the Week five times.
At the 2018 regional, Shire came in 12thin the three-meter (11 dives) with 420.50 points. He also had a 16thplace on the one-meter board (397.40 points).
“Klaudia has put herself in the regional meet once again,” Bowser remarked. “Her flying ability off the board is what she loves about the sport. If she is on target, she will be one to beat at the regional meet.”
At the Metropolitan Championships, Rzotkiewicz took first place in the one-meter (11 dives) with 433.75 points. She came in second (394.40) in the three-meter diving. Rzotkiewicz claimed first place on the one-meter board (236.03) versus The College of New Jersey and she was second (216.08) in the three-meter. She earned NJAC Diver of the Week one time this season.
“Corinne seems to be more confident than ever,” said Bowser. “She has tried some really complex dives this year and is looking to nail them at regionals. She is one of a few people that has a full list of 2 ½ on the three-meter, which makes her really tough to beat.”
Finkbinder finished third in the one-meter diving (11 dives) with 398.95 points at the Metropolitan Championships. She also had a fourth place (367.55) in the three-meter (11 dives). Against TCNJ, she won the three-meter diving with 279 points and was third (201.30) on the one-meter board.
Finkbinder took first in the one-meter diving with 246 points at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and was second (255.90) in the three-meter. She had first places in the one and three-meter diving with 243.68 and 255.08 points respectively versus William Paterson University. This year, she was chosen the NJAC Diver of the Week three times.
Rzotkiewicz finished 22ndin the one and three-meter diving with 344.75 and 338.75 points respectively last year at the regional. Finkbinder had a 23rdplace (335.05) in the three-meter and was 25th(318.70) in the one-meter diving.
The Rowan men finished the regular season with a 6-4 record and captured its third straight New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship with a 4-0 mark. The women were 9-2 overall and 5-0 in the conference. The Profs claimed their third straight NJAC title and second consecutive Metropolitan Championship.