Five Divers Receive NCAA Qualifying Scores

by Fraser McAlpine
Five Divers Receive NCAA Qualifying Scores

COLUMBIA, Mo.- On day one of the Mizzou Diving Invite, six divers advanced to the finals with five receiving NCAA qualifying scores, as the diving team opened up a solid performance at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

The team will return to action tomorrow morning, as the men will begin preliminaries on the three-meter and the women on the one-meter. Both teams will start at 11 a.m.

“The divers had an excellent start to day one of the Missouri Diving Invitational,” said LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer. “At the end of the day, we had to runner-up finishes with Juan (Celaya) and Lizzie (Cui). Juan, Lizzie, Matt McClellan, Andrew Suchla, and Rileigh Knox all made NCAA qualifying scores in their events.”

“I’m very happy for day one. We achieved some excellent results, and the divers performed well. I’m looking forward to the next two days.”

Cui took second place on the three-meter in the final round, posting a personal best of 350.70 to earn a spot at third on the women’s all-time list

Cui and Knox qualified in preliminaries with scores of 338.70 and 264.95 on the three-meter respectively. Knox finished in sixth overall in the finals, improving to a score of 297.90 for a personal best. Senior Katie Lagarde tallied a score of 226.95 in the preliminaries.

In the men’s preliminary round, all four divers secured spots in the finals on one-meter. Celaya finished with a 367.85 in the finals, earning second place overall. Suchla dove to sixth place in the championships, scoring a 332.05.

Sophomores McClellan and Matthew Phillip rounded out the men, as McClellan took ninth with a final tally of 300.60. Phillip garnered 12th overall, posting a finish of 288.15.

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