LSU'S WEIL FINISHES IN TOP TEN AT USA DIVING WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS
AUSTIN, Texas. -- Sophomore Cassie Weil finished ninth in the women’s 3-meter final on the last day of the USA Winter Diving Championships. Weil finished with a cumulative score of 803.30.
It’s her second top-10 finish this year at a senior US diving meet. Weil also won bronze in the women’s 10-meter platform at the AT&T National Diving Championships held in August.
“Cassie rounded out the championships with a strong final performance,” LSU Diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “She placed ninth with a three list cumulative score. She was solid and consistent throughout the meet.”
The LSU Diving team will take time off for the holidays before heading to Athens, Ga. for the UGA Diving Invitational Jan. 3-5.
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Five Bulldogs Help U.S. All-Stars Win Duel In The Pool
GLASGOW, Scotland -- The United States All-Stars, featuring five members of the Georgia swimming teams, won the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool against their European counterparts on Sunday.
Team USA used a mixed medley relay to break a tie and post a 132-131 decision at Tollcross International Swimming Centre. The United States improved to 6-0 in the series.
Georgia was represented by senior Shannon Vreeland, freshman Olivia Smoliga and former Lady Bulldog Megan Romano on the women's side and by junior Nicolas Fink and sophomore Chase Kalisz for the men.
Smoliga posted a win in the 100 backstroke, touching in 57.06. She also came in third in the 100 freestyle in 52.74 and fourth in the 50 freestyle with a time to 24.41.
Vreeland placed second in the 100 freestyle in 52.73, took fourth in the 200 freestyle in 1:54.37 and came in eighth in the 400 freestyle in 4:07.36.
Kalisz took second in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:02.40. He also placed third in the 200 individual medley in 1:54.26 and seventh in the 200 breaststroke in 2:09.23.
Romano took fifth in the 50 freestyle (24.70) and seventh in the 100 freestyle (53.69).
Fink was fifth in the 100 and 200 breaststroke in 58.29 and 2:05.20, respectively.
Vreeland, Smoliga and Romano helped the 400 freestyle relay post a runner-up time of 3:28.96. Smoliga and Romano swam on the 400 medley relay that finished second in 3:51.38.
Georgia's Ryan Qualifies For U.S. World Cup Team
AUSTIN, Texas -- Laura Ryan of the Georgia diving team qualified to represent the United States in the 2014 FINA World Cup during the USA Diving Winter National Championships on Sunday.
Ryan, a senior from Elk River, Minn., came in fourth on the 3-meter springboard with 879.90 points. Maren Taylor won with 923.90 points, followed by Casey Martin with 907.75 and Emma Ivory-Ganja with 882.30.
Ryan will be joined on the U.S. World Cup team by Taylor. Martin and Ivory-Ganja did not meet the degree of difficulty requirements to advance.
The FINA World Cup will take place July 15-20 in Shanghai, China.
Ryan won her preliminaries round with 311.15 points, then stood fourth after the semifinals after missing just one dive and posting 254.55 points for a total of 565.70. She added 314.20 points in the finals to come in fourth.
Ryan, who had offseason knee surgery, was the 2013 SEC champion on 3-meter.
"Laura dove really well this week," Georgia coach Dan Laak said. "Her goal coming in was to make the World Cup team, and she did a fantastic job. Not bad for a few months removed from surgery. She's getting better every day, and this bodes well for the rest of the season."
Georgia's teams will return to action Jan. 3-5 with the UGA Diving Invitational and a swimming dual meet against North Carolina State on Jan. 4.