Utah Diving Has Strong Showing on Final Day of Texas Diving Invite
AUSTIN, Texas- The Utah diving team completed the final day of the Texas Diving Invitational on Saturday with strong performances all around, highlighted by Pac-12 Champion Luke McDivitt's third place finish on platform. In a meet that mirrors the NCAA's and Pac-12 Championships, Utah performed well, diving against tough competition and putting up impressive scores each day.
"I couldn't be happier with our performance today. It's a long meet and the team is worn down from our training, but we showed such great resilience and crushed it today," head coach Richard Marschner said.
Utah was led today by team captain McDivitt, who's final score of 377.35 was good for third. Directly following him in 4th was teammate, and freshman, Ben Smyth with a final of 363.85. Solid finishes as they went up against an Olympian in Jordan Windle, representing Texas in the meet.
Smyth has emerged as a top contributor for the men's team led by McDivitt and fellow senior Tony Chen. Junior Jenner Pennock tallied 258.00 points while Chen scored a 231.35 on the 10m.
On the women's side, the top performer was another freshman in Holly Waxman, who posted a final of 227.30. Junior's Lizzy DeCecco and Lexi Mills earned scores of 209.05 and 205.60 on the 10m, respectively.
"Everyone kind of wonders how we continue to be so good at platform without having a 10m at home and it's because we have the mental toughness and an expectation of ourselves that we're going to succeed," said Marschner. "Luke and Ben went toe to toe with a top-10 finisher at the Olympics and that's incredible."
The Utah swimming and dive team will be back in action Dec. 3rd- 5th, when they travel to Princeton, N.J., for the Princeton Invitational.
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