Butler, Jespersgaard Excel at Bruin Diving Invitational
DAY ONE RECAP
Junior Hannah Butler placed fourth in women's 1-meter to highlight UCLA's first day hosting the 2022 Bruin Diving Invitational.
All three Bruin entries qualified for finals on Friday, with freshman Zoe Jespersgaard ultimately ending up in 10th place followed by a 16th place showing from fellow freshman Maya Salvitti.
Butler was one of just three divers in the competition to log a score above the Zones-qualifying mark (265.00) in both prelims and finals. She found herself in third-place after prelims with a score of 265.90, then upped her score to a 276.25 in the finals.
Jespersgaard had a strong score of 255.00 in prelims, sitting in sixth place heading into finals. She posted a 246.45 in finals to secure the top-10 finish.
Salvitti posted a combined score of 451.70 on Friday, including a 242.00 in prelims. She was in a top-10 position for most of the prelims session.
Stanford placed the top-two finishers in the 1M finals in Carolina Sculti (625.70) and Daria Lenz (575.20).
The 2022 Bruin Diving Invitational continues on Saturday with women's 3-meter diving and men's platform. Prelims for both competitions start at approximately 10:30 a.m.
DAY TWO RECAP
Hannah Butler and Zoe Jespersgaard – UCLA's only two entries on Saturday – placed 5-6 in the 3-meter diving championship on day two of the 2022 Bruin Diving Invitational.
Jespersgaard was able to record a new collegiate-best 3M score in prelims, and the duo maintained their 5-6 position throughout the entirety of the finals session.
Butler ended the competition with a combined score of 637.80, good for fifth place. It was her second consecutive top-five finish at the Bruin Diving Invitational, after placing fourth in Friday's 1M championship. Butler opened up 3M with a score of 325.55 in prelims, then followed up with a 312.25 in finals to cement the top-five finish.
Jespersgaard meanwhile logged a collegiate-best 319.85 during prelims, then posted a score of 303.00 in finals. After having never done so previously, Jespergaard has now eclipsed the 300-point mark in three consecutive 3M outings.
Carolina Sculti claimed first place in the 3M championship with a score of 747.95.
The 2022 Bruin Diving Invitational concludes on Sunday with women's platform and men's 1-meter. Prelims start at 10:30 a.m.
DAY THREE RECAP
Zoe Jespersgaard was UCLA's top finisher in Sunday's platform championship, taking ninth place with a combined score of 466.90.
She was the lone Bruin to reach the finals on Sunday, and reached as high as seventh place during the finals session.
Jespersgaard was in 10th place after prelims with a score of 229.00, then improved to a 237.90 during finals.
Elsewhere during platform prelims, Hannah Butler (189.45) placed 23rd and Maya Salvitti (177.75) placed 25th.
Nike Agunbiade (610.50) of USC was the first-place finisher in the finals.
UCLA is next in action with back-to-back dual meets against Stanford on Jan. 28 and California on Jan. 29.