Dive and Women's Swimming Headed to Pac-12 Championships
SALT LAKE CITY– Both the Utah Diving and women's swim team are headed to the Pac-12 Championships this week, with meet action set to take place Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 23-26). The women's team will head to Federal Way, Washington to compete inside the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center while the diving team will to travel Tucson, Ariz., to compete at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center as Luke McDivitt looks to defend his crown on the platform.
"We're really excited to be back at Pac-12's in Tucson and I think we're lined up to have another great meet this year," head diving coach Richard Marschner said. "It's always a challenge to be an indoor training team and then compete outside, but I know we're prepared for anything and I'm looking forward to having some diving fans in the stands again."
Fans can watch all finals sessions of the championships as they'll be streamed live through Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app. Those planning to attend the conference championships, proof of vaccination or negative test is required to attend and face coverings must be worn at all times indoors.
Previously at the Pac-12 Diving Championships
At the 2021 edition of the conference championships, McDivitt became the first-ever Utah Pac-12 diving champion. McDivitt got it done on the platform scoring a school record 400.75 to earn himself the conference championship and a spot in the Utah record book.
Senior Tony Chen came home with a pair of runner-up finishes in the 1m and 3m, but has been diving very well and consistent as of late and will look to take the next step before his collegiate career comes to an end.
Individually for the women, Lizzy DeCecco had a strong showing taking home the bronze in the 3m with a top-three score of all time at Utah (328.65). In the 1m final, DeCecco scored a personal-best 300.60 which moved her into sixth all-time. Lexi Mills also advanced through to the 1m finals totaling a 268.10 for seventh-place. Utah was the only team in the 1m final to have two finish in the top-seven.
As a team, both the men and women divers recorded their highest finishes since joining the conference. The women took home a second-place finish as they posted their highest point total in program history (225) at the Pac-12 Championships by 80 points, while the men followed suit also posting their highest point total in school history (133) to bring home the first-place finish over Stanford, Arizona, USC and California.
Previously at the Pac-12 Women's Swimming Championships
On the final night in Houston, Texas, the women of Utah finished strong in a very competitive field posting a 951.50, for the fifth-place finish. It was the best finish for the women since joining the Pac-12 and on closing night, three current Utes (Emma Lawless, Maddie Woznick and Charity Pittard) paced the team as all recorded NCAA consideration times. Lawless touched in 1:56.22 for 11th in the 200 back, Woznick posted a time of 49.43 in the 100 free which ranks fourth in school history and Pittard recorded a time of 2:12.73 in the 200 breast, good for ninth.
Pac-12 Women's Diver of the Month
Junior diver Lexi Mills was named Pac-12 Diver of the Month for December after a stellar performance at the Big Al Invitational. Hosted by Princeton, Mills never placed outside the top-seven in the events she competed in. Starting with the 3M dive on the opening day, Mills posted a score of 293.20 in the preliminary round to advance to the finals and followed that up with a 303.25 (NCAA Zones qualifying score) to lead the Utes placing second.
On day two, Mills posted a score of 271.50 in the 1M dive prelims and scored a 250.85 in the finals to finish seventh. The 271.50 she showcased in the prelims was also an NCAA Zones qualifying mark. The platform was the final event on the third day at the invitational and Mills posted a personal-best of 216.30, which was good for seventh.
Pac-12 Women's Diver of the Week
Freshman Holly Waxman was named the women's conference diver of the week after her performances at the Air Force Diving Invitational. Waxman had a stellar meet competing in a field of 40 divers. In all three of her individual events, Waxman finished in the top-five.
On the opening day, Waxman lead the Utes in the 3M final posting a season-best score of 300.85. The following day, Waxman was the lone Ute in the 1M final and earned another season best score of 280.70 to capture fifth.
Waxman saved her best for last competing in the platform on the final day. In the prelims, Waxman set a new personal-best of 252.30 to advance to the finals. Waxman fed off that momentum and topped the previous record she just set with a 253.10, finishing in second-place behind teammate Lexi Mills who also set a new personal-best to win the event. Waxman's score moved her from ninth to fifth all-time at Utah in the platform.
Pac-12 Men's Diver of the Week
Tony Chen was named conference diver of the week earlier this month after his performance on the road against rival BYU.
Chen swept the diving events last weekend down in Provo against rival BYU. On opening night, Chen showcased a dive that tallied 337.50 points in the 1M, his second highest score of the season.
Following that performance, Chen captured the victory in the 3M with a score of 356.10 on the second and final day of the dual meet.
Waxman's All-Time Performances
In her first year at Utah, freshman Holly Waxman has already added her name in the all-time record book. Hailing from Leeds, England, Waxman currently sits in fifth all-time in the Platform scoring a 277.15 at the Air Force Diving Invite and is seventh in the 1M after her performance on senior day posting a score of 298.85.