2018 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 21 – Saturday, March 24
- Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Prelims 10 AM / Finals 6 PM (Central Time)
- Defending champion: Texas (3x) (results)
- Psych Sheet
- Championship Central
- Event-by-Event Previews
- Team Power Rankings: Final Edition
- Live Stream
- Live Results
2016 Olympic silver medalist and Purdue junior Steele Johnson stepped onto the 3-meter board for his 6th and final dive Friday night in third place — only nine points behind the leader at that point. He signaled to judges that he would be switching from a forward 3 1/2 somersault pike to a forward 4 1/2 tuck, upping his difficulty from 3.1 to 3.8 (the highest degree of difficulty possible).
That change would prove to be pivotal, as he would score 96.9 to win the event 499.35-495.15 over Tennessee’s Zhipeng Zheng, who scored 83.70 on his final round due in part to a low difficulty (3.1). Indiana’s Michael Hixon, who notably transferred from Texas, was third with a 481.90.
Check out Johnson’s full scoring breakdown below:
|Round #||Dive #||Board Height||Description||Net Score||Degree of Difficulty||Score||Round Place|
|1||205B||3M||Back 2 1/2 Somersault Pike||25.5||3||76.5||3|
|2||5154B||3M||Forward 2 1/2 Somersault 2 Twist Pike||25||3.4||85||1|
|3||307C||3M||Reverse 3 1/2 Somersault Tuck||21||3.5||73.5||3|
|4||407C||3M||Inward 3 1/2 Somersault Tuck||23||3.4||78.2||5|
|5||5337D||3M||Reverse 1 1/2 Somersault 3 1/2 Twist Free||25.5||3.5||89.25||1|
|6||109C||3M||Forward 4 1/2 Somersault Tuck||25.5||3.8||96.9||1|
In NCAA diving, a change of dives is permissible as long as the diver is explicit in what the change will be before he or she executes it.
Per Rule 6, Section 3, Article 2, parts e through g of the NCAA rulebook:
e. Each diver must execute the dive number as written or have that dive declared failed. If the announced dive is not performed and the dive performed is properly listed on the diver’s sheet, it will be considered an announcer’s error and judged as performed. If the diver executes a dive as announced and it is determined that the announcer was in error, then the diver will be permitted to immediately perform the correct dive. However, the diver may elect to keep the scores for the incorrectly announced dive, with the referee making an immediate correction on the diving sheet.
f. If a diver exceeds the total degree of difficulty allowed when listing his or her voluntary dives (i.e., 9.0 in the one-meter event, 9.5 in the three-meter event or 7.6 in the platform event), the error shall be corrected. If the error goes undetected, then the final voluntary dive (that causes the list to exceed the voluntary DD total) shall be failed.
g. A diver may change the number, letter and/or platform level of a dive at any time before the execution of the dive without penalty
Watch the full progression, including Johnson’s nearly-unprecedented reaction (in diving), below:
my nephew went into his final dive of the NCAA 3m final in 3rd place, 9 points back…please just watch this pic.twitter.com/WfFdfnUuqC
— Fred Boynton (@SingleFileEyes) March 24, 2018
Johnson was the runner-up on the 1-meter board last night, and with this win, comes within one title of all-time NCAA leader — and his 2016 synchronized diving partner — David Boudia. He will try for gold on the 10-meter platform tomorrow.