Senior Anna Filipcic (pictured) joins freshman teammate Abi Knapton to Indianapolis for the NCAA Diving Championships.
Photo by Stephanie Carpenter/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Send Pair to NCAA Diving Championships

By NU Athletic Communications

NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Dates: Wednesday, March 15 - Saturday, March  18 (11 a.m. / 5 p.m. CT)
Location: IUPUI Natatorium, Indianapolis, NCAA Live Stream (Mar. 16-17, 11 a.m. CT)
ESPN3 Live Stream (March 17-18, 5 p.m. CT)
ESPNU Tape Delay (March 28, 6 p.m. CT)

One Meter Diving Trials: Thursday, 11 a.m. (CT)
One Meter Diving Finals: Thursday, 5 p.m. (CT)
Three Meter Diving Trials: Friday, 11:30 a.m. (CT)
Three Meter Diving Finals: Friday, 5 p.m. (CT)
Platform Diving Trials: Saturday, 11:15 a.m. (CT)
Platform Diving Finals: Saturday, 5 p.m. (CT)

Nebraska divers Anna Filipcic and Abigail Knapton travel to Indianapolis for the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, March 15-18.

The Omaha natives are led by head diving coach Natasha Chikina. The native of Kazakhstan has guided the Huskers to 33 NCAA Zone Diving appearances in the last 10 years. Coach Chikina is a two-time Olympic qualifier, competing in Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). It marks the fourth consecutive season that Chikina has helped Filipcic qualify for the NCAA Championships and the first time in school history. It also marks the first time in Husker history that two female divers will compete side by side at nationals.

Filipcic, a senior out of Omaha Burke High School, has tallied 17 top-five finishes this season, including 12 event titles. At the 2017 Big Ten Championships, Filipcic was the runner-up on the three-meter board, while adding a third-place showing on the one meter. Filipcic has set career bests in both the one- and three-meter dives this season, while breaking the school record in the three-meter dive at the 2017 Big Ten Championships.

Filipcic earned All-America honors with a 10th-place finish in the one-meter dive at the 2016 NCAA Championships. She also placed 47th in the three-meter dive last season. In 2014, Filipcic earned 22nd in both the one- and three-meter dives as a freshman. As a sophomore in 2015, Filipcic took 20th in the three-meter dive and 21st in the one meter. She is the first diver in Husker history to compete in both events at four consecutive NCAA Championships.

Filipcic qualified for the NCAA meet after finishing fifth in the one-meter dive and 10th in the three-meter dive at the Zone D Diving Championships last week in Columbia, Mo. She will compete in the one-meter dive (Thursday) and the three-meter dive (Friday) at the NCAA Championships. 

A standout freshman, Abi Knapton will make her NCAA Championship debut in the three-meter and platform dives. Knapton is coming off of a victory at the Zone D diving meet in the platform. She added an 11th-place finish in the three-meter dive. At the 2017 Big Ten Championships, Knapton placed 14th with a score of 257.50 in platform. She added a ninth-place conference finish on the three-meter board, while taking 11th in the one-meter event.

A total of 41 women will compete in the NCAA Diving Championships. 

The 2017 NCAA Championships begin with preliminaries at 11 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. each day. ESPN3 will live stream finals on Friday and Saturday evening. Live results will be available on NCAA.com. Check back in to Huskers.com for updates.

Championship Schedule
Wednesday, March 15
5:00 p.m. Day 1 Finals
800 Freestyle Relay – timed final

Thursday, March 16
9:00 a.m. Day 2 Swimming Trials
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley 
50 Freestyle

11:30 p.m. One-meter Diving Trials
15 minutes following trials
Consolation Finals (9-16)

5:00 p.m. Day 2 Finals
200 Freestyle Relay
Consolation 200 Freestyle Relay
Final 500 Freestyle Consolation
500 Freestyle Final
200 Individual Medley Consolation
200 Individual Medley Final
50 Freestyle Consolation
50 Freestyle Final
One-meter Diving Finals
400 Medley Relay Consolation
400 Medley Relay Final

Friday, March 17
9:00 a.m. Day 3 Swimming Trials
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke

11:30 p.m. Three-meter Diving Trials
15 minutes following trials
Consolation Finals (9-16)

5:00 p.m. Day 3 Finals
400 Individual Medley Consolation
400 Individual Medley Final
100 Butterfly Consolation
100 Butterfly Final
200 Freestyle Consolation
200 Freestyle Final
100 Breaststroke Consolation
100 Breaststroke Final
100 Backstroke Consolation
100 Backstroke Final
Three-meter Diving Finals
200 Medley Relay Consolation
200 Medley Relay Final

Saturday, March 18
9:00 a.m. Day 4 Swimming Trials
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly

11:15 p.m. Platform Diving Trials
15 minutes following trials
Consolation Finals (9-16)

3:45 p.m. (approx.) 1,650 Free (early heats)

5:00 p.m. Day 4 Finals
1,650 Freestyle
200 Backstroke Consolation
200 Backstroke Final
100 Freestyle Consolation
100 Freestyle Final
200 Breaststroke Consolation
200 Breaststroke Final
200 Butterfly Consolation
200 Butterfly Final
Platform Diving Finals
400 Freestyle Relay Consolation
400 Freestyle Relay Final

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