Dive Has Tough Day on 1-Meter to Open NCAA's
ATLANTA- Utah men's dive was in action today at the NCAA Championships with senior Tony Chen and junior Jenner Pennock competing on the 1-meter event.
In a field against the top divers in the nation, both Chen and Pennock had a rough day on the springboard event. Chen was shaky to start off but reeled it back in showcasing dives that would earn him a total of 292.85 to place 36th while Pennock tallied 220.25 points to finish in 47th.
"We had a bit of a rough start today as nerves got to us a little bit," head diving coach Richard Marschner said. "Tony missed his first dive but came back strong and hopefully built some momentum going into the 3-meter, which is his better event."
Utah swim and dive continues their championships run tomorrow with Andrei Ungur competing in the 100 back and also taking part in the 400-medley relay with Jaek Horner, Ben Waterman and Finn O'Haimhirgin. A quartet that set a new school record in the relay at the conference championships in the beginning of this month. Chen and freshman Ben Smyth will compete on the 3-meter, an event Smyth posted a personal-best in earlier this season. Prelims are set to begin at 8:00am MT with all sessions, including prelims and finals, able to be seen live on ESPN3. Live results for the championships can be found here.