Texas Fails To Put Any Diving Points On The Board On Day 2 of NCAAs

2022 NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Diving has given the University of Texas a leg up on rival Cal in years past at the NCAA Championships, but the Longhorns failed to score any points on Thursday in the 1-meter event.

Last season, Texas beat the Bears by 27 points to win the championship title, scoring 83 diving points compared to Cal’s zero. The Longhorns’ top scorer overall was diver Jordan Windle with 52 points, but he’s out this year with a suspension, making the team race likely to come down to performances in the pool over the next three nights.

Indiana’s Andrew Capobianco led the 1-meter prelims with a score of 405.30, followed by Texas A&M’s Kurtis Mathews (400.80) and Ohio State’s Lyle Yost (398.50).

Overall the Hoosiers led with 35 projected diving points according to their prelim finishes, with Quentin Henninger qualifying fourth to join Capobianco in the championship final.

Those performances moved Indiana up from 11th to eighth in the projected team standings after tonight’s session.

Men’s 1-Meter Diving Prelims

Texas’ Andrew Harness (320.65) was notably sitting in sixth place through three dives, but fell off with a poor fourth round and ended up outside of scoring position in 21st.

Harness is better on platform, however, having placed 10th in the event last year at NCAAs.

In the 1-meter event last season, Windle won the event for Texas while Harness finished 28th.

Texas’ other diver, Noah Duperre (318.10), was in position to make the consolation final up until the last dive, falling to 24th.

With Texas earning no diving points today, this is where the team standings are projected to be after tonight’s session based on this morning’s prelim swims (not factoring in the 200 free relay).

DAY 2 SCORED PRELIMS + ACTUAL SCORES

  1. Texas, 176.5
  2. Cal, 131.0
  3. Florida, 117.0
  4. NC State, 92.0
  5. Georgia, 88.0
  6. Stanford, 79.0
  7. Arizona State, 78.0
  8. Indiana, 66.0
  9. Virginia Tech, 56.0
  10. Louisville, 46.0
  11. Virginia, 38.5
  12. Arizona / Ohio State, 34.0
  13. Alabama, 33.0
  14. LSU, 25.5
  15. Harvard, 23.0
  16. Michigan, 20.0
  17. Texas A&M, 17.0
  18. Tennessee, 16.5
  19. Auburn, 15.0
  20. Columbia, 14.0
  21. Purdue / UNC, 12.0
  22. Minnesota, 5.0
  23. Georgia Tech / Princeton, 3.5
  24. Utah / SMU, 2.0

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Paula Dean Farris
10 months ago

Hate to see Eddie’s legacy hanging on whether he has divers

Patty
Reply to  Paula Dean Farris
10 months ago

I get it’s not DiveDove and all, but divers are part of the team in the same capacity as a swimmer, you wouldn’t say something like that about distance swimmers, this is the Swimming and Diving championships after all

Paula Dean Farris
Reply to  Patty
10 months ago

Divers count for half. On premise, your argument is invalid

Dan
10 months ago

If I read it correctly, Texas earned 20 out of their 83 Diving points in this event last year?
How many out of the 83 points did Windle earn last year?

swimmmer
Reply to  Dan
10 months ago

they got 38 (1m) , 23 (3m) , 22 (tower) . Windle scored 52 . But looking at what they did at zone diving it will be hard for them to score anything this time if they dont improve.

ShermanO
Reply to  swimmmer
10 months ago

Don’t forget, that was with 4 divers. Texas only sent two of the four qualified divers this year so it’s reasonable that they’ll get maybe half those points this year … and Texas knew that going in to this meet.

SoCal Swammer
10 months ago

Texas may have to rely on only swimming to win NCAA’s??? 😳

ISL
10 months ago

Rip my Texas #1 pick

oxyswim
10 months ago

After the zones performance and getting beat on 1 meter at Big 12s can’t say this is totally shocking.

Tony
10 months ago

I’ve learned through interviews/podcasts with Eddie Reese, out of the 9.9 scholarships allowed, Eddie gives 2.0 scholarships to diving, leaving 7.9 for his swimmers. I suspect he hoped to get at least a point out of those 2.0 scholarships.

JeahBrah
Reply to  Tony
10 months ago

Obviously Windle’s scandal/suspension is a big factor. But usually they have more than just 1 star diver. I wonder if their recruiting has struggled? The Texas women’s team divers are doing great so it is hard to blame coaching.

Swim like a fish drink like a fish.
Reply to  JeahBrah
10 months ago

Windle was also a fifth year

Patty
Reply to  JeahBrah
10 months ago

Windle’s suspension is definitely a huge factor here, but Texas diving has never been a one man army, Texas also picked up a 2nd place finish by sophomore Duperre and a 16th place by McCourt in this event last year. Texas recruiting for diving is certainly behind schools like Indiana (sending a freshman to the A final tonight) but this seems more indicative of an off day then a defeated diving squad. Duperre may have more in the tank on 3m tomorrow

1650 Onetrick
10 months ago

This might be it for Texas. They needed the diving points to get over Cal last year.

exswimcoach
Reply to  1650 Onetrick
10 months ago

As Lee Corso would say, “not so fast my friend” there are no Cal divers in the top 16 either and there are two more diving events to go.

Admin
Reply to  exswimcoach
10 months ago

Yeah, but remember that Texas is doing the chasing here. They have to make up ground on seed versus Cal, and historically Cal improves more versus seed than Texas does.

It’s not over ’til it’s over, but if Texas gets no diving points, they are most definitely fighting an uphill battle.

5280
Reply to  exswimcoach
10 months ago

There are no Cal divers at NCAA. Yes there are two more events and I would expect Texas to score some points in one if not both events. If you noted some of our Olympians were in the consolation finals. I think based on watching the scores everyone had an off day.

Patty
Reply to  1650 Onetrick
10 months ago

Although I agree that this meet is far from decided, I do wanna point out that if Texas diving doesn’t put something on the board soon it’s gonna be a scramble to catch up, especially with how this 100fly is looking on the psych sheet for tomorrow, although that isn’t decided either

Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago

Uh-oh.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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