McDivitt Closes Out 2021 Season, Becomes NCAA All-American On Platform
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Ute diver Luke McDivitt ended the season on a high note for the Utah men's swimming and diving program, finishing the NCAA Championships with the highest platform finish in diving history to become a first-team All-American on the event.
McDivitt, who became Utah's first-ever Pac-12 diving champion on platform, took his momentum from the conference championship and his runner-up finish at NCAA Zone E Championships right into the platform prelims on Saturday afternoon. McDivitt finished sixth with a score of 370.00 in the prelims to earn a spot as Utah's first championship finalist on platform in Utah diving history.
The Lexington, S.C. native was a bit off on his first dive, but turned things around with an excellent second dive to get things going, scoring 66 points on his forward 3 ½ somersault pike. McDivitt settled in and posted a pair of solid dives before the redshirt sophomore ended the competition and his season with his best of the night.
McDivitt scored 80 points on his final dive, which was a back 2 ½ somersault 1 ½ twist pike. Competing in his first NCAA Championships, McDivitt closed out the weekend finishing eighth overall with a score of 345.85 to become an NCAA All-American on platform.
"I'm so proud of Luke and the entire diving team for everything we accomplished this year," said head diving coach Richard Marschner. "It's nothing short of amazing for Luke to win Pac-12s and then earn All-American honors with all of the adversity we have faced. He put on an incredible performance today and this really helps establish the Utah program even more as a legitimate national diving power."
Earlier in the day, Cooper DeRyk finished off his weekend at the NCAA Championships in the 100 free. DeRyk, who became a second-team All-American in the 50 free and 200 medley relay this week, closed out his weekend with a 51st-place finish with a time of 44.42 seconds in the 100 free, which was a bonus event for the Ute this weekend.