Triton Divers Wrap Up Weekend at Trojan Diving Invitational
LOS ANGELES – The University of California San Diego men’s and women’s diving teams competed at USC’s Trojan Diving Invitational throughout the weekend.
Carlin turned in the women’s top-ranking performances of the weekend. On Friday, the Carlsbad native placed 13th with a score of 364.60 in the 1-meter championship. Carlin followed up on Saturday by moving up two slots in the 3-meter championship, securing 413.80 points across the preliminaries and finals.
Along with Carlin, all three of the other women competing at the Trojan Diving Invitational took part in the 1-meter championship. Classmates Umeda and Cheng finished back-to-back, in 15th and 16th, respectively. Umeda recorded 332.70 points, while Cheng scored 318.90. Sullivan also took part in the 1-meter action, finishing two slots behind Cheng with 292.30 points.
Sullivan and Cheng joined Carlin in the 3-meter championship as well. Sullivan nabbed 409.60 points to place 13th, while Cheng scored 362.85 to rank 17th.
All four Triton women earned spots on the Individual High Point Awards list. Carlin took 16th while fellow senior Sullivan finished one slot behind. The freshman pair also ranked back-to-back, as Umeda finished 21st and Cheng took 22nd.
On the men’s side, freshman duo Owen Hunt and Finlay Thomson represented the Tritons. Both divers competed in all of the men’s events throughout the weekend, including preliminaries and finals for the 1-meter, 3-meter, and platform dives. Hunt and Thomson recorded their top scores in the 3-meter championship, with Hunt notching 386.35 points and Thomson coming away with a score of 322.20.
Hunt’s best dive in the 3-meter championship came on his Inward 2 ½ Somersault Tuck, as he earned a score of 16.50 with a 2.7 degree of difficulty to rack up 44.55 points towards his final score. Thomson’s Back 1 ½ Somersault Straight was his top scoring dive of the event, with a 2.4 degree of difficulty and a score of 14 to earn 33.60 points.
Hunt’s and Thomson’s performances at the invitational gained them both back-to-back spots on the Individual High Point Awards list. With 19 points on the weekend, Hunt ranked 12th, while Thomson followed in the 13th slot with 15 points.
Overall, the men and women combined for sixth place among the nine teams at the invitational. The divers will return to action later this month, as they compete at the UNLV Invite from Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
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