San Diego State Closes Out NAU Diving Invite With Wins

by SwimSwam 0

February 02nd, 2020 College, Diving

NAU Diving Invite

  • January 31-February 2, 2020
  • Flagstaff, Arizona

Courtesy: San Diego State Athletics

SAN DIEGO – San Diego State senior Marie Yacopino and sophomore Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez earned first-place finishes as the Aztecs’ diving team completed competition at the Northern Arizona Diving Invitational #2 Saturday, Feb. 1.

Yacopino broke the 300-point barrier and scored a season-best 302.45 points in the finals to earn the 1-meter title. Lechuga Gonzalez placed third with a score of 276.65 while senior Delaney Gallagher’s fourth-place effort of 275.20.  Six Aztecs finished in the top-10, with Lexi LettsGina Cazares, and Erica Sarver ranked sixth, seventh and ninth with scores of 257.55, 256.5, and 244.65, respectively. Gillian Garcia rounded out SDSU’s efforts, placing 11th with a score of 208.70.

Lechuga Gonzalez led the way for the Aztecs on the platform, finishing with a score of 246.15 to bring home the event’s title. Cazares collected second place with a score of 226, a career high. With their efforts, both Aztecs qualified for their third event at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships. Yacopino snagged fourth place with her own career-high point total of 222.65, followed by Delaney Gallagher’s sixth-place effort of 210.85. Letts and Sarver finished seventh and eighth, respectively with scores of 195.1 and 190.35.

Today’s meet concluded regular-season competition for both the Aztecs’ divers and swimmers. SDSU now preps for the Mountain West Conference Championships scheduled for Feb. 19-22 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Results
1-METER

Place Name Prellm Finals
1 Marie Yacopino 295.8 302.45
2 Emily Sharrer 282.05 287.7
3 Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez 307.55 276.65
4 Delaney Gallagher 247 275.2
5 Heather Carbon 251.7 258.9
6 Lexi Letts 250.35 257.55
7 Gina Cazares 256.3 256.5
8 Emily Luberto 267.55 256.45
9 Erica Sarver 282.05 244.65
10 Hailey Faith 238.6 230.9
11 Gillian Garcia 201.85 208.7
12 Allison Shimp 210.25 208.4

PLATFORM

Place Name Final
1 Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez 246.15
2 Gina Cazares 226
3 Emily Sharrer 223.9
4 Marie Yacopino 222.65
5 Emily Luberto 217.9
6 Delaney Gallagher 210.85
7 Lexi Letts 195.1
8 Erica Sarver 190.35
9 Heather Carbon 181.45
10 Allison Shimp 169.3
11 Hailey Faith 164.55

Courtesy: Northern Arizona Athletics

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (February 1, 2020) – Northern Arizona’s diving freshman, Emily Luberto, officially met the NCAA Zone Diving 1-meter qualifying score of 265. Luberto finished her preliminaries in fifth, earning a tally of 267.55. Luberto was just two points away from possibly finishing in third, making it a really close meet.

In fourth, Emily Sharrer finished her preliminary dives with a 282.05 score, her fourth highest this season. Sharrer finished second in the finals with her second-best finish of 287.70.

For the platform dive, Sharrer took third after five dives, totaling 223.90 and earning a new career high, besting her previous tally of 213.15. Luberto finished fifth at 217.90.

All three Lumberjack Divers (Jenny Cheetham) will dive the WAC Championships at the end of February and now at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships March 9-11 in Federal Way, Wash.

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