Utah, Stanford lead pack at 2021 Pac-12 Men’s Diving Championships
TUCSON, ARIZ. - After an abbreviated regular season unlike any other, Pac-12 divers arrived in Tucson, Arizona to compete in the annual Pac-12 Conference Diving Championships this past Wednesday. The University of Arizona's Hillenbrand Aquatic Center hosted the 2021 Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Diving Championships, with the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships set to begin Sunday, Feb. 28 at the University of Houston.
Buoyed by Luke McDivitt’s victory on the platform, UTAH totaled a Conference-leading 133 points across the three diving events. STANFORD led the diving competition with four podium finishes, including wins on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards, en route to 107 points. Host ARIZONA totaled 86 points, followed by USC (64) and CALIFORNIA (22). The programs will carry the team point totals into next week’s Swimming Championships in Houston.
2021 Pac-12 Men’s Diver of the Meet: Noah Vigran, Jr., STANFORD (Cincinnati, Ohio)
STANFORD’s Noah Vigran, also the Conference’s Diver and Diving Newcomer of the Year in 2019, earned 2021 Pac-12 Men’s Diver of the Meet honors after placing first on the 3-meter springboard and third on the platform.
1-Meter Springboard: Conor Casey, Jr., STANFORD (Annandale, Va.)
Casey opened the Pac-12 Men’s Diving Championships with a dominating performance on Thursday, taking first in the 1-meter for the second straight year with a score of 413.55. It marked Casey’s fourth career Pac-12 title with a pair of 1-meter wins along with 3-meter crowns in 2019 and 2020.
UTAH’s Tony Chen finished second (344.80) while ARIZONA’s Bjorn Markentin took third (342.80).
3-Meter Springboard: Noah Vigran, Jr., STANFORD (Cincinnati, Ohio)
In a close competition, STANFORD’s Noah Vigran took first place in the 3-meter championship on Friday with a final score of 393.35. His score was a zone qualifying standard, and his victory marked Stanford's third-straight in the event following Casey’s wins in 2019 and 2020.
UTAH’s Tony Chen finished a close runner-up with a score of 386.80, just 6.55 points off Vigran’s winning mark, while Casey trailed close behind in third with a 381.85.
Platform: Luke McDivitt, R-So., UTAH (Lexington, S.C.)
UTAH’s Luke McDivitt wrapped up the 2021 Pac-12 Men’s Diving Championships with a victory in Saturday’s platform with a score of 400.75. It marked the Utes’ first diving title and fourth overall Conference individual title since joining the Pac-12 in 2012.
In the tightest event of the diving competition, McDivitt edged ARIZONA’S Bjorn Markentin (398.75) by just two points. STANFORD’S Noah Vigran placed third with a score of 365.90.
The 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships will be held from March 24-27 in Greensboro, N.C. Coverage of the event will be announced at a later date.