AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Utah dive team takes to the road this weekend to participate in the first invitation of the season hosted by the University of Texas. The Texas Diving Invite lasts three days (November 18-20) and takes place at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Thursday’s action kicks off at 9:00 AM MT with the Men’s 1m Preliminary Rounds and the Finals at 4:00 PM MT. The women will start their day at 12:15pm MT with the 3m prelims and the finals are scheduled for 5:30pm MT, tonight. Friday’s events will flip and kick off with the Women’s 1m Preliminary Rounds at 9:00 AM MT and the Finals scheduled for 5:00 PM MT. The Men’s 3 Meter Preliminary Rounds will begin at 10:45 AM MT and the finals are scheduled for 5:30 PM MT.
Saturday, the third and final day, the women’s platform will start at 9:30 AM MT and end with the men at 12:15 PM MT.
This is Utah’s first time attending the invite and they are looking to continue their strong start to the season against some of the top leagues in the country. Teams that will compete are: Arizona, LSU, Stanford, Texas and Texas A&M.
“We deliberately sought out this encounter because it is the best and most competitive regular season diving league,” Head Coach Richard Marschner said. “We know it’s going to be an incredibly tough competition, but I know we have the team that can go out and dive with the best in the country.”
HOW TO STAY?
Utah fans can tune in every day (Thurs, Friday, Saturday) with a live stream from the Longhorn Network. Springboard events will be live, while the other events will air at 6:00 PM MT.
Live results will also be provided through Dive Meets and can be found here.
LAST TIME OFF
The Utes have already started strong this season. In their first competitive encounter of the year, the men won on the road against UNLV.
In his season debut Tony Chen dominated the title in both the 1m (331.50) and 3m (401.15) dives. Reigning Pac-12 Platform Champion Luke McDivitt was close behind his teammate in both events, scoring 311.35 in the 1m and 373.95 in the 3m. Overall, the Utes blocked the podium in both events, such as Ben Smyth and Jenner Pennock added third places in the 1m and 3m respectively.
The female divers will compete for the first time since the Stanford duel on October 15. In that match, Holly Waxman and Lizzy DeCecco were the stars on the shelves. Waxman finished third in the 1m (266.10) and DeCecco was fourth in the 3m (289.98).
The Utah Swim and Dive Program will be back in action on December 3-4 as they will be en route in Princeton, NJ, to participate in the Princeton Invitational.
Entering the winter break, the team won’t be back in the pool until January 14-15, when they travel south for a double encounter against the state of Arizona and Arizona.
The Utes finally return home the following weekend, January 22, to host Denver and Colorado Mesa at the Ute Natatorium.
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