by: Olivia Sneed, WVU Athletics
Posted: Mar 3, 2021 / 8:00 AM EST
Updated: March 3, 2021 / 8:00 AM EST
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – – The men’s and women’s diving teams from West Virginia University competed on the 3-meter and 1-meter diving boards, respectively, on the second night of the diving competition at the 2021 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. in Austin, Texas on Tuesday.
On the second night of diving, the mountaineers gained serious impetus in the team classification and placed four divers in the 3-meter final for men and two divers in the 1-meter final for women. The sophomores were leading the way for both the men and women, with Owen Johns taking fifth place for the men and Holly Darling taking the women sixth.
“It was another solid day for our divers,” said WVU diving trainer Karla Helder. “We are a little tired because the team is not used to these longer competitions, but we mastered this challenge well. Our divers brought home some big points in the women’s and men’s team races tonight. We look forward to finishing strong tomorrow with the tower competition. “
The second night at the plunge pool opened with the women’s one-meter competition, in which Darling and Junior Camille Burt represented West Virginia in the finals. Darling was in sixth place with 281.20 points, while Burt was seventh with 266.00 points. Before the final, junior Emma Longley led the 1-meter consolation final with a third place (266.70). Sophomore Marian Tiemeier followed in fourth (255.60) and newcomer Sara Haggerty in seventh (203.65).
Four men took part in the 3-meter final, led by Johns in fifth with 341.15 points. Sixth place went to Redshirt Junior Jacob Cardinal Tremblay with 339.20 points, followed by Junior PJ Lenz with a total of 330.20 points in seventh place. The top eight was rounded off by Junior Nick Cover, who scored 298.80 points.
Overall, Darling, Burt and Longley achieved their NCAA zone qualifying results at 1 meter, while Johns, Tremblay and Lenz achieved their zone cuts at 3 meters. It is noteworthy that Tremblay, with his score of 339.20 over 3 meters, qualifies for the Canadian Olympic Trials.
The mountaineers will conclude the Big 12 Championship 2021 on Wednesday, March 3rd, starting with the preliminary rounds at 11:00 a.m. (CET), followed by the final at 7:00 p.m. During the live coverage of Big 12 Now on ESPN + at the Texas Swimming Center on Wednesday night, the men and women will close the championship with the platform competition.
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