Utah's Holly Waxman Named Pac-12 Freshman Diver of the Year
SALT LAKE CITY- After completing a sensational true freshman season, Utah diver Holly Waxman has been named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year by the conference this afternoon.
"Holly put together an amazing season and it all came together with a strong showing at the NCAA zone meet and nationals. She is a very strong competitor on the 1-meter, 3-meter and tower and that makes all the difference with these awards," head diving coach Richard Marschner said. "She has only begun to scratch the surface of what she can do and it'll be exciting to see what else she accomplishes in the next three years."
At the conference championships, Waxman led the Utes on opening night advancing to the 1-meter final and earned sixth-place with a score of 271.75. On the second day Waxman took home a top-15 finish in the 3-meter with a 261.25 and in the final event of the meet, captured the win in the consolation final on the platform (238.85).
In her first Zone E Diving Championships, Waxman showed no nerves as she punched her ticket to the 2022 NCAA Championships in her first event on the 1-meter finishing seventh overall with a score of 282.05. Waxman continued her phenomenal showing advancing to her second finals of the meet in the 3-meter after posting a personal-best 310.90 in the preliminaries, a score that would move Waxman into ninth all-time. In the finals, Waxman posted a score of 308.75 to place sixth and earn her second bid to nationals.
Looking for a sweep, Waxman advanced to the finals on the tower after totaling 239.75 but would just miss adding the platform to her NCAA Championship schedule finishing 14th overall.
The Leeds, England native made her debut at the NCAA Championships on the 1-meter and showcased strong dives throughout to finish 21st overall (279.35), the second highest finish in school history. Her incredible freshman campaign came to an end on the 3-meter recording a top-40 finish (274.65, 38th) against the nations best in the event.
In her short time at the U, Waxman has already posted scores in all three events that have landed her on the all-time top-10 performance list. On Senior Day back in January, Waxman moved into seventh all-time in the 1-meter totaling 298.85 to take home the event victory.
Two weekends later, Waxman put up another top-10 performance – this time on the platform – at the Air Force Diving Invite against a loaded field. Waxman finished second and set a new personal-best of 253.10 right after she topped her previous record in the prelims (252.30). This jumped Waxman from ninth to fifth all-time.
Waxman added her name to the 3-meter list during the aforementioned Zone E Diving Championships.
This marks Utah's fourth Pac-12 postseason award in program history. Luke McDivitt and head coach Richard Marschner took home a pair of awards last season as McDivitt was named the Men's Diver of the Year and Marschner was tabbed the conference Diving Coach of the Year.
Conner Cain brought home the first conference award after being named the 2016 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.