Bruins Land a Pair of Runner-Up Finishes at NAU Invite
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The UCLA swim and dive team completed its first official competition of the 2020-21 season on Sunday, with the squad's divers picking up a pair of runner-up and a trio of top-five finishes at the NAU Lumberjack Diving Invitational. The three-day event began on Friday.
Sophomore Hannah Butler paced the Bruins with a runner-up placement in Sunday's 1-meter diving competition, and opened the weekend with a fifth-place finish in 3-meter.
Sophomore Katie Shaheen was the second-place finisher in Saturday's platform competition, and placed top-seven in all three events.
Freshman Aurora Huxman, making her collegiate debut, highlighted her weekend with a sixth-place finish on tower.
The invite started off well for the Bruins, with Butler and Shaheen finishing 1-2 in the 3M prelims on Friday and all three divers advancing to the finals. In the 3M finals, Butler (263.35) was UCLA's top finisher at fifth place, followed by Shaheen (256.35, seventh) and Huxman (234.55, 11th).
In Saturday's tower competition, Huxman scored a 209.60 in prelims to take second place, while Shaheen placed fourth to reach the finals. Shaheen upped her performance in the latter session, posting a 229.20 to finish runner-up. Huxman ultimately scored a 192.30 in the finals.
Butler, who an All-American in 1M as a freshman last season, picked up right where she left off with a 284.70 in Sunday's final, less than two points below her collegiate best. Shaheen (251.30, sixth) narrowly missed out on a top-five finish, and Huxman was 13th at 235.40.
Winners for the weekend included Utah's Lizzy de Cecco in 3M (279.80) and Arizona's Delaney Schnell in both platform (326.10) and 1M (322.50).
Stay tuned to @UCLASwimAndDive on Twitter for team updates.