Butler 1M Title Headlines 2021 Bruin Diving Invite
LOS ANGELES – UCLA divers recorded a number of notable performances at the 2021 Bruin Diving Invitational, which officially wrapped up on Sunday.
Key finishes included a 1-meter diving title for sophomore Hannah Butler, and a 2-3 finish in platform by sophomore Katie Shaheen and freshman Aurora Huxman.
Butler posted a combined score of 554.10 over the prelims and finals of the 1M competition, which ran on Friday.
She led the field by five points after posting a 263.55 in the prelims, but improved to a collegiate-best 290.55 in the finals, giving her a 23-point margin in the final standings. She was one of just two divers in the field to break the 500-point mark.
Sophomore Katie Shaheen was UCLA's top finisher in Saturday's 3-meter competition, placing fifth with a score of 487.15. She was followed by Butler (460.60, sixth) and freshman Aurora Huxman (435.70).
The weekend concluded with a solid showing by the Bruins in the platform championship. Shaheen was the runner-up at 435.60, finishing just 1.10 points behind winner Regan Caufield of Utah. Huxman ended up in third at 401.00, making her one of just three divers to break the 400-point mark.
Shaheen led for the majority of the platform competition, but was overtaken in the penultimate round of the finals as Caufield scored 56.70 points on a forward 3 ½ somersault tuck, the highest single-dive score of any participant on Sunday.
The final winner on the women's side was Utah's Montse Urzua in 3M (532.15). Men's winners included Utah's Tony Chen (3M; 722.90 & 1M; 588.05) and UNLV's Jesse Cawley (PL; 611.85).
UCLA swim and dive is back in action next weekend, heading across town for a tri-meet at USC featuring conference rival Arizona. The two-day meet runs from Friday through Saturday at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
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