Courtesy: Houston Athletics
HOUSTON – After helping the Cougars to a staggering 1, 727 point finish at the Phill Hansel Invitational, freshman diver Katie Deininger is tabbed at the American Athletic Conference Diver of the week.
Deininger closed out the weekend with a trio of top-three finishes in the 1-Meter, 3-Meter, and Platform events at the three-day meet. In the 1-Meter, Deininger finished first-overall with 293.75 points. Her best dive came in the opening round when Deininger posted 50.70 points off a Forward 2 ½ Somersault Pike. The freshman finished third-overall in the 3-Meter, 23.50 points ahead of fourth-place, with 297.65 points. Her best dives came on her second and third attempts when she posted 56 points after performing a Back 2 ½ Somersault Tuck and a Reverse 1 ½ Somersault Tuck. In the final diving event of the weekend, Deininger took first-place in the Platform with 246.85 points. Deininger tallied up 55.00 points in the third round after completing a Back 1 ½ Somersault 1 ½ Twist Free from the 5-Meter platform.
Each of Deininger’s dives meet the NCAA Zone Diving qualification standards. Her mark in the Platform is the highest in The American this season. The award marks the second weekly award for Deininger this season, as well as for her career.
Houston is now 13th in the Collegeswimming.com Championship Team rankings, its highest ranking under Head Coach Ryan Wochomurka.
Houston will return to action after the New Year on Jan. 19 when it visits Arkansas.