Zeng, Windle, Loschiavo Top Men’s Podium at Texas Diving Invitational

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November 17th, 2018 Big 12, Big Ten, College, SEC

Texas Diving Invitational

Courtesy: Texas Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas – Sophomore diver Jordan Windle earned a second-place finish in the 1-meter finals of the Texas Hall of Fame Diving Invitational at the Texas Swimming Center on Wednesday afternoon.

Windle, who was named Big 12 Diver of the Week today, finished the day with a score of 401.65 points and a round average of 66.94. The sophomore used his final dive to throw an inward 2.5 somersault tuck for his best score (72.85) of the finals.

Junior Jacob Cornish finished six spots out of advancing to the final round with his 14th-place finish and 292.45 in the prelims. Cornish threw a round-best for himself with a reverse 2.5 somersault tuck that garnered 63.00 points in his fifth dive. Freshman Andrew Gawin-Parigini finished in 17th place in the prelim rounds. He had a round average of 47.24 in his first outing as a Longhorn at a Texas Diving Invite.

Zhipeng Zeng of Tennessee, the defending NCAA champion on platform, took first-place with a final score of 413.55. The 2018 Texas Hall of Fame Diving Invitational continues tomorrow for the men’s 3-meter with prelims starting at 1 p.m. CT and finals at 6 p.m. CT. The finals will be televised on Longhorn Network.

Windle earned a first-place finish in the 3-meter event on the second night of the Texas Hall of Fame Diving Invitational held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Windle carried his momentum over from a second-place finish last night on 1-meter to secure his victory by nearly 37 points with a finals total of 449.40 points. In his third and fifth rounds, Windle tallied 84.00 and 88.40 points, respectively. The sophomore had a round average of 74.90. Benjamin Bramley of Purdue came in second with 413.45 points in the final.

Windle placed third on platform at the 2018 Texas Hall of Fame Diving Invitational on Friday afternoon.

Windle tallied 463.50 total points in the finals with a round average of 77.25. The sophomore had a round high in his final dive with a back 2.5 somersault, 2.5 twist pike for 86.40 points. Texas teammate Jacob Cornish rallied for a top-10 finish with 316.20 points. Cornish finished in ninth-place and a round average of 52.70.

Brandon Loschiavo of Purdue took first place, while the defending NCAA champion in the event, Zhipeng Zeng, of Tennessee came in second. The Texas divers will be back in action at the USA Diving Winter Trials in Atlanta, Ga. from Dec. 16-21. Their next dual meet will be on the road at Auburn on Jan. 10, 2019.

Courtesy: Purdue Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas –Newcomers Ben Bramley and Greg Duncan finished 2-3 in the 3-meter final while making Purdue the only school with a pair of finalists in the event on day 2 of the Texas Hall of Fame Diving Invitational.

Emily Bretscher was also a finalist for the second day in a row, adding an eighth-place finish on 1-meter to the bronze she won on 3-meter Wednesday.

All five Boilermakers that competed Thursday finished among the top 11 in their event. While Joe Cifelli and Morgan Meixner did not advance among the top eight to the springboard finals, their 11th-place showings would have been good enough for scoring finishes at most invitational or championship meets.

Bramley improved on his prelim score by 44.20 points, moving up from seventh place in the prelim. His list score in the final (413.45) vaulted the freshman into eighth place in program history. He was very consistent in the final, scoring no lower than 66.3 points on any of his six dives. Consecutive scores of 72 in rounds 4 and 5 helped him surpass 400 points.

Duncan was fifth in the prelim and then improved on his prelim score by 23.30 points to move up to third in the final. The sophomore transfer’s list score of 408.75 was good for 11th in program history. He recovered from a lackluster dive in round 2 by registering 70-plus points in three of the final four rounds, highlighted by a list-high 76.5 in the final round.

Bretscher also improved on her prelim score (279.75) in the final (286.8). She got off to a strong start in the final with a pair of scores of 50-plus points over the first two rounds, but was unable to reach the 50-point mark again on the remainder of her list.

Brandon Loschiavo‘s second victory on the tower in less than a week headlined a trio of top-10 finishes for Purdue on the final day of the Texas Hall of Fame Diving Invitational.

Among a 17-diver field, Loschiavo was victorious by 23 points with a list score of 490.15. Four of his six dives earned over 80 points and no dive earned less than 70.

Freshmen Maggie Merriman (8th, 225.45) and Ben Bramley (10th, 308.90) also placed among the top 10 in their first official platform competitions as Boilermakers.

Purdue finished the week with four medals (top 3) and a combined 10 top-11 finishes. That consistency allowed the Boilermakers to take second in the combined team scoring behind only host Texas. LSU edged out Purdue 81-79 in the men’s team scoring after the Tigers had three divers finish among the top 11 on platform Friday. The Purdue women finished third in the team scoring.

Loschiavo took control of the 10-meter competition with scores of 88.4, 86.4 and 86.95 in rounds 2 through 4. He did not earn an individual score below a seven from any judge until round 5. He carried a 10-point lead into the final round and then outscored the runner-up – Tennessee’s Colin Zeng, the 2018 NCAA champion in the event – by 12 points on their final dives even tough Zeng’s had a slightly higher degree of difficulty multiplier.

This past Sunday, Loschiavo won the platform competition at the inaugural ACC/Big Ten Challenge with the top list score (508.80) nationally this season. His consecutive wins in the event have come against fields that have included many of the top divers in Power 5 leagues like the Big 12, SEC, ACC and Big Ten. Loschiavo is the reigning Big Ten champion in the event and was one of two Americans to compete individually on 10-meter at the FINA Diving World Cup this past summer in China.

As of one six Boilermakers currently registered for the USA Diving Winter Trials next month in Atlanta, Loschiavo will be among the favorites on 10-meter. The meet will serve as USA Diving’s qualifier for the World University Games and FINA Grand Prix meets set for 2019. Emily Bretscher, Joe Cifelli, Greg Duncan, Bramley and Merriman are also slated to compete at the USA Diving Winter Trials. The meet is set for Dec. 16 to 21 at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

THURSDAY AT THE TEXAS HALL OF FAME DIVING INVITATIONAL
Women’s 1-Meter
Emily Bretscher – 286.8 Final, 279.75 Prelim; Finished 8th in Final
Morgan Meixner – 269.80; Finished 11th in Prelim
Men’s 3-Meter
Ben Bramley – 413.45 Final (8th in Program History), 369.25 Prelim; Finished 2nd in Final
Greg Duncan – 408.75 Final (11th in Program History), 385.45 Prelim; Finished 3rd in Final
Joe Cifelli – 341.85; Finished 11th in Prelim

FRIDAY AT THE TEXAS HALL OF FAME DIVING INVITATIONAL
Men’s Platform (Finals Only)
Brandon Loschiavo, 490.15 – Event Winner
Ben Bramley, 308.90 – Finished 10th
Women’s Platform (Finals Only)
Maggie Merriman, 225.45 – Finished 8th

Courtesy: Tennessee Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas — Tennessee senior Zhipeng (Colin) Zeng captured the 1-meter springboard competition Wednesday evening to start the Texas Hall of Fame Diving Invitational.

In a star-studded final competition that featured four divers from final eight at last season’s NCAA championships, Zeng earned the victory with a six-dive score of 413.55. Texas’ Jordan Windle took second with a score of 401.65, the only other diver above 400 points.

Freshman Matthew Wade nearly joined Zeng in the final; he took 10th in the prelims with a score of 296.90. Zeng was second after the mid-day preliminaries (378.25).

Senior captain Rachel Rubadue led the Tennessee women on 3-meter, placing 17th during prelims with a score of 272.60.

Zeng placed eighth on 3-meter springboard  Thursday at the Texas Diving Invitational.

Zeng, the No. 3 qualifier after morning preliminaries, took eighth in the final with a six-dive score of 340.40.

Wade nearly made the final top eight for the second day, finishing 12th in prelims (332.40). Sophomore Will Hallam was not far behind in 14th (330.60), followed by senior Nick Rusek in 18th (307.00).

Rubadue was 18th in the women’s 1-meter springboard competition to lead the Lady Vols (248.35).

Zeng and Rubadue led Tennessee on platform Friday to conclude the Texas Diving Invitational.

Zeng scored big on his fourth and fifth dives — good for 9s and 9.5s — to finish second in the men’s competition with a score of 466.95 points. Purdue’s Brandon Loschiavo led the way with 490.15.

Wade, in his first career college platform competition, was 14th (251.20), and sophomore Keegan Richardson was 15th (235.00).

Rubadue climbed the standings over her final three dives to take third with a total of 250.15. Sophomore Celaya Hernandez recorded her NCAA zone qualifying score of 228.3 to finish seventh.

Senior Sean Meyers placed 14th (193.05) and sophomore Lily Schneider was 17th (156.80).

QUOTES
Dave Parrington, Diving Coach
“I’m very pleased with the way we finished the Texas Diving Invitational today. Colin had a very strong performance against a stellar field on platform, finishing second. One of his dives, his reverse three and a half going for 9s and 9.5s. His back two and a half twist also going for 9s. He missed his first one to start the meet but finished strong. It was good to see Matthew Wade up there, using an easy list but to get familiar with the Texas facility was a bonus. Keegan had a fairly positive performance. They had a wrong dive for his last one; it was announced and he missed the mistake and receive zeroes. Otherwise, he would have been higher in the standings.

“I’m also very pleased with the performance of our women. She missed her second dive quite a bit, but other than that, she was very consistent and moved into a third-place finish. Ana showed some improvement, getting her qualify score on tower in a facility she’s never been in before. It was really an excellent performance. Sean was very steady and Lily was very aggressive but missed a couple of dives. All told, I was happy with the platform results. It was a great way to finish the meet.”

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