Press Release courtesy of LSU Athletics
Sophomore Juan Celaya-Hernandez dominated day one of the Auburn Diving Invite by setting a new LSU record in the three-meter springboard with a score of 482.95. Junior Lizzie Cui also came away with a victory in the one-meter to sweep today’s events for the Tigers.
Juan Celaya-Hernandez shattered his previous personal-best by 13 points. In doing so, the sophomore won the event by 109.40 points and remained undefeated on springboard this season.
“I’m happy with the performance and success we had today,” said diving head coach Doug Shaffer. “I think it’s a result of a stretch of hard work and good, dedicated focus that the divers have had since the Art Adamson Invite. Juan’s dive list on three-meter was exceptional.”
All four men finished in the top ten, with Matt McClellan, Dakota Hurbis, and Matthew Phillip finishing third, sixth, and ninth, respectively. McClellan and Hurbis set new season-best scores, with McClellan scoring a 366.05 and Hurbis scoring a 337.60.
The women managed to get all three divers in the top six in both the prelims and the finals. Cui finished first in both the prelims and the finals, winning the finals with a score of 318.05. With the win, Cui won by 29.25 and continues her undefeated season.
Mikayla Robillard and Rileigh Knox finished in fifth and sixth in the one-meter, scoring a 277.00 and 266.00, respectively, in the finals.
Robillard and Knox also achieved new season-best scores. Robillard scored a 288.20 in the prelims, smashing her old season-best in one-meter by 27.72 points. Knox also set her new season-best in the prelims, where she posted a 270.55.
“I’m very happy with Lizzie’s win on the one-meter as well as the season-best performances from Makayla, Rileigh, Matt, and Dakota,” said Shaffer.
The Tigers return to action tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT, where the men will compete in the one-meter and the women will take on the three-meter.
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One-meter: Lizzie Cui (318.05) NCAA Zones Qualification
Three-meter: Juan Celaya-Hernandez (482.95) NCAA Zones Qualification/School Record
Other NCAA Zones Qualifying Scores:
One-meter: Makayla Robillard (288.20)
One-meter: Rileigh Knox (270.55)
Three-meter: Matt McClellan (366.05)
Three-meter: Dakota Hurbis (337.60)
Order of Events:
Monday, December 18:
11 a.m. start:
Women’s 3m prelims
Men’s 1m prelims
Men’s 1m finals
Women’s 3m finals
Tuesday, December 19:
11 a.m. start: