Texas sophomore Meghan O’Brien overcame a tough start to claim the one-meter diving title and Texas freshman Grayson Campbell won the three-meter title at the Texas Diving Invitational Friday at Joe and Lee Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
O’Brien was in eighth place after her first dive and took the lead on her fourth attempt. She won the title with 315 points, besting California’s Phoebe Lamay by more than 12 points.
“I knew how to do the dives, just knew I needed to relax and get my mind out of it. I had a tough warmup, and it was definitely good to redeem myself in the end.” said O’Brien.
Campbell trailed teammate Mark Anderson through the first four rounds, then took the lead on his fifth dive, an inward two-and-a-half somersault that scored a meet-best 84 points.
He executed a two-and-a-half somersault with two twists on his last dive to win the title. Campbell finished with 442.05 points and Anderson finished third with 412.10 points.
“It feels great, and words can’t describe my feelings right now,” said Campbell. “On my fifth-round dive, as I was standing there I was thinking about getting a good hurdle. I knew what I needed to do, as long as I hit the hurdle. Mark Anderson is one of the best divers in the country. Training with him makes me want to be a better diver. Watching him dive sparks the competitor inside of me.”
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