Celaya Captures Gold in the Platforms at Invite
COLUMBIA, Mo. – On the final day of the Mizzou Diving Invite, Juan Celaya dominated the competition on platform, tallying his second-straight first-place finish after scoring an impressive 424.30 at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Celaya’s score is the second-highest in school history behind Michael Neubacher.
“I couldn’t be happier with our performances today and over the course of this competition,” said head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “Today, with a head cold, Juan competed very well, securing the win over the competition by more than 40 points and was just shy of the school record.
Matt Phillip also scored a personal best on the day, garnering a third-place finish with a score of 377.70, besting his previous score to stay at fourth on the all-time list. Matt McClellan took ninth overall, improving his personal best to 276.70 on platform.
“Rileigh and Lizzie competed well and have made great strides in their platform development,” said Shaffer. “As a yardstick, this competition provided some very positive performances on all levels while mapping out the details we need to fine tune. I’m very excited with this team moving forward.”