Freshman Holly Waxman to Make NCAA Championship Debut on Thursday
SALT LAKE CITY- Freshman diver Holly Waxman will make her NCAA Championship debut this week after qualifying in both the 1m and 3m events at the Zone E Diving Championships. The 2022 NCAA Women's Diving Championships will take place March 17-19, in Atlanta, Ga., at the McCauley Aquatic Center.
"Making NCAA's as a freshman is already an enormous feat for Holly but she has a great opportunity to go to Atlanta and earn an all-american honor," head diving coach Richard Marschner said. "She really thrives under pressure and has been diving incredibly well. I think she's going to turn some heads at this meet and serve notice to the country that she and the rest of Utah diving has a bright future."
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday: Women's 1-meter
Prelims: 10:00 a.m. MT
Finals: 4 p.m. MT
Friday: Women's 3-meter
Diving Prelims: 10:00 a.m. MT
Swimming/Diving Finals: 4 p.m. MT
Last time on the Boards
In her first Zones championship, Waxman wasted no time qualifying for the 1m dive on the opening day of the meet scoring a 176.20 in the prelims and posted a 282.05 in the finals to punch her ticket to the NCAA Championships.
On the second day, Waxman continued her phenomenal showing advancing to her second finals in the 3m with a personal-best total of 310.90 (8th), a score that moved Waxman into ninth all-time. In the finals, Waxman posted a score of 308.75 to place sixth and earn her second bid to NCAA's.
Waxman fell just short of earning her third bid placing 14th on the platform to close out her impressive Zones debut. In the prelims, Waxman totaled 239.75 to advance to the tower finals.
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.
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 253.10 at the Air Force Diving Invite and is seventh in the 1M after her performance on senior day posting a score of 298.85.
At the Zone E Diving Championships, Waxman completed the trifecta moving into ninth all-time in the 3m with a personal-best score of 310.90 and earn her second bid to the championships.