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Jespersgaard Claims 3M Title at Trojan Diving Invite

Nov 11, 2022
Zoe Jespersgaard

LOS ANGELES – Sophomore Zoe Jespersgaard captured the 3-meter diving title with a combined score of 611.90 to highlight UCLA's first day at the 2022 Trojan Diving Invitational at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Jespersgaard was the lone diver to break the 600-point mark, edging out USC's Nike Agunbiade (592.80). Agunbiade was the only other diver to finish within 50 points of Jespersgaard.

UCLA ultimately received top-10 finishes from all three of its entries, as senior Hannah Butler (539.95) was fifth and sophomore Maya Salvitti (477.20) was ninth in a 17-diver field. Other schools competing included UNLV, Fresno State, Pepperdine, and California.

The victory marked Jespersgaard's first as a collegiate diver in an invitational format, as she was runner-up in 3M at last year's Trojan Diving Invite.

Jespersgaard led practically the entire way, overtaking Agunbiade on her third dive of prelims and finishing with the top score of the opening session at 297.45. She briefly ceded the lead, by less than half a point, after the second round of finals, but came back to score over 58 points on her next two dives – a 107C and 205B – to take the lead for good. Those dives marked her two highest-scoring rounds of the entire competition.

Jespersgaard and Butler have both officially qualified for this season's NCAA Zone E Diving Championships, having cleared the 280-point threshold for 3-meter. 

The Bruins return to action at the Trojan Diving Invitational on Sunday, with all three competing in the 1-meter championship.