Senior Paige McCleary Sweeps the Springboard Events at Alabama Diving Invitational
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama senior Paige McCleary won the 3-meter board on day two of the Alabama Diving Invitational at the Alabama Aquatic Center, giving her a clean sweep of the springboard events.
McCleary scored 366.25 points to come away with her second victory in as many days. She posted the top score of the 3-meter preliminaries by more than 30 points while outpointing the field by 60 points in finals. Crimson Tide, freshman Taylor Zablocki took fourth place off the 3-meter board with 278.15 points while fellow rookie Dakota Toner was fifth after scoring 272.95 points.
On the men’s side of the meet, freshman Brent Sagert was the Crimson Tide’s top finisher off the 1-meter board after taking fourth place with 326.30 points. Auburn’s John Santeiu took first with 352.00 points.
The Alabama Diving Invitational wraps up Wednesday with both the men and women competing off the platform. The final day of competition gets underway at 11:30 a.m.
Cabot 13th, Fox 17th at USA Diving Winter Nationals
LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky divers Christa Cabot and John Fox finished 13th and 17th, respectively, in the first day of competition at the 2013 USA Diving Winter National Championships in Austin, Texas, Tuesday.
“John was steady and smooth all competition,” UK diving coach Ted Hautau said. “He just missed the timing on his last dive. Christa dove really well. She missed one dive, which is currently a work in progress. They both competed very well in a great field of divers. I was pleased with both of them.”
Cabot placed 13th among 33 divers in the women’s 1-meter springboard. The junior scored a 241.05, and was just over eight points shy of a berth in the top 10. Cabot placed third amongst divers from fellow Southeastern Conference teams. The top eight competitors advanced to the finals.
Fox was 17th in the men’s 1-meter springboard and competed against 22 other divers. The senior notched a final score of 287.20.
The six-day event continues through Dec. 22, where a total of 10 national titles will be awarded. Fox and former UK diver Corey Cowger will also compete in the 3-meter competition. quarterfinals and semifinals will be on Dec. 18, while the finals will be held on Dec. 21.
The winter nationals will be used to select the divers who will represent the United States in both individual and synchronized diving events at 2014 FINA Grand Prix meets as well as the individual events for the 2014 FINA World Cup.
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LSU Divers Have Career Day at USA Winter Diving Championships
AUSTIN, Texas - In just his first appearance in a USA diving senior final, Sean McKinney qualified for the finals and earned a sixth place finish on the 1-meter springboard. His 341.30 points in the prelims were enough for fifth place and a finals berth. McKinney finished the day with 660.45 points.
Alex Bettridge also competed for the women on the 1-meter springboard. She finished in ninth place with a score of 255.45. It was her highest finish and .35 points away from making the finals.
“We had an awesome first day at the AT&T USA Diving Winter National Championships,” LSU Diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “Alex reached her highest US national finish with a ninth place finish on the 1-meter. In his first USA senior final, Sean McKinney qualified for the finals and placed sixth.”
Sophomore Cassie Weil will get her first chance to shine with the quarterfinal of the women’s platform Wednesday morning. Sean McKinney will also compete in the men’s 3-meter quarterfinal. The semi final for both events will be held in the night session.
The remainder of the team took to the boards for day two of the Alabama Diving Invitational. Kevin Leong scored 302.75 points for fifth place on the 1-meter. Zakary Rowton scored career high 284.45 points for eighth place.
Katie Lagarde competed on the 3-meter and placed sixth with career high 244.20 points
“I’m proud of the performances of the tiger divers today at the Alabama invite,” Shaffer said. “Zak and Katie both had career high performances. Their hard work is really paying off.”
The Alabama Diving Invitational concludes tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. with platform competition. All three LSU divers will compete on the platform.
Redshirt junior Daniel Helm also competed in the championships as an unattached diver. He finished with 676.50 points for fifth place. It was his highest finish and his first US senior finals.
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