Gutierrez Lavenant, Tuxen Close Out Diving World Cup on High Note

by Tanner Craft | Communications Student Assistant
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Gutierrez Lavenant, Tuxen Close Out Diving World Cup on High Note

TOKYO – LSU divers Montserrat Gutierrez Lavenant and Anne Tuxen improved a very successful Women’s Platform prelim performance by having even better semi-final and final performances on Wednesday. With the conclusion of Women’s Platform, the Tigers closed out competition in Tokyo, and will now prepare for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. 

“As I reflect on this experience at the FINA Diving World Cup in the Olympic venue, I admire and applaud the adversity all the athletes and coaches have overcome in order to pursue the Olympic dream,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “I am thankful to have been a part of this experience and look forward to this summer and a return to Tokyo.”

Gutierrez Lavenant finished in ninth place in the semi-final, ultimately advancing her to the finals. She dove to a score of 303.00 in the semi-final to punch her ticket to the finale. In the final, she jumped up one spot to finish in eighth place with a score of 296.30. 

“Montserrat’s competitive consistency in the platform event was excellent,” said Coach Shaffer. “It is a brutal task to complete three competition lists at this level in less than 24 hours. Her success is noteworthy to her dedication and drive. She has demonstrated her ability to successfully compete and contend in the Olympic arena.”

Tuxen moved up two spots in the semi-final, as she finished in 16th place with a score of 259.80. 

“This meet was a huge breakthrough for Anne,” continued Coach Shaffer. “She has made her mark on the international stage and proved she can compete with the world’s elite.”

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