Celaya-Hernandez, Tuxen Complete Olympic Journey
TOKYO – LSU divers Juan Celaya-Hernandez and Anne Tuxen, both first-time participants in the Olympic games completed their competitive schedule with impressive performances in the three-meter synchronized dive and platform dive, respectively.
“I’m so proud of Juan and Anne’s Olympic experience,” LSU diving head coach Doug Shaffer said. “Each of them has fulfilled a lifetime body of work that resulted in an opportunity to compete in the pinnacle of athletic competitions—the Olympic Games!
“It has been the realization of a lifelong dream fueled by their relentless dedication and perseverance in their sport,” Shaffer continued. “I think looking ahead to Paris may be on their minds, but now and forever they will always be known as Olympians.”
Celaya-Hernandez, a native and representative of Mexico in the three-meter-synchronized dive, finished up his first attempt at a medal with a fourth-place finish. Narrowly missing a medal, he and his partner, Yahel Castillo, had the bronze in tow before Germany’s pair jumped them in their final dive.
Celaya-Hernandez had an impressive showing for his first appearance at the games, finishing with 400.14 total points. Their best dive came during the toughest dive in their arsenal tallying a score of 79.56.
Tuxen, the first female diver to represent Norway since the 1988 Seoul Olympics, overcame many challenges she encountered during her young career and competed at a very high level. With 30 participants in the preliminary round of the 10-meter platform event, Tuxen finished in 28th place with a total score of 219.15. She climbed as high as 25th place after receiving her best score on her third dive.
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