South Dakota State’s Connor Florand and Denver’s Cat Badillo were named the Men’s and Women’s Divers of the Week for their performances Oct. 29-Nov. 4.
MEN’S DIVER OF THE WEEK
Connor Florand, South Dakota State
Jr. // Forest Lake, Minn.
Florand garners his first career Diver of the Week honor after a pair of top-three finishes, including an event win, against Green Bay. The junior won the three-meter dive with a score of 283.50, ranking third in the league. He also posted a third-place finish in the one-meter with 250.95 points, the fifth-best league score this season.
Previous honorees: 10/15 – Doug Ogilvie, Western Illinois; 10/22 – Dustin Gens, South Dakota; 10/29 – Ross Edfort, Denver.
WOMEN’S DIVER OF THE WEEK
Cat Badillo, Denver
Fr. // Elizabeth, Colo.
Badillo captures her first career Diver of the Week award after setting an El Pomar Natatorium pool record in the one-meter dive to help the Pioneers defeat Air Force, 139-104. The freshman diver won the one-meter with a league-best and pool record score of 274.28, which is also a NCAA Zone qualifying score.
Also nominated: Miranda Knipfer, Omaha; Olivia Olesiak, South Dakota State.
Previous honorees: 10/15 – Greysen Hertting, South Dakota; 10/22 – Greysen Hertting, South Dakota; 10/29 – Dana Gau, Denver.
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