Celaya-Hernandez Grabs Gold On One-Meter

Juan Celaya-Hernandez tallies his seventh win in eight events
Juan Celaya-Hernandez tallies his seventh win in eight events
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Fraser McAlpine
Fraser McAlpine
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For the seventh time in eight events, Juan Celaya-Hernandez grabbed another gold medal finish on one-meter with a score of 377.15 on day one of the Tennessee Diving Invitational at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

The team will return to the pool tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. CT as the men will dive on three-meter and the women on one-meter. The top-12 finalists will immediately compete in the finals following the completion of the preliminaries.

“Overall, I’m pleased with day one,” said head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “We had a team goal of all Tigers making the finals. Although we came up a little shy of that, we had really strong performances from Juan and Andrew (Suchla) on the one-meter and Lizzie (Cui) and Rileigh (Knox) on the three-meter.

For the men, LSU sent three of four divers to the finals. Following Celaya-Hernandez’s performance, Suchla and Matt McClellan finished in seventh and 11th place with scores of 326.65 and 277.60 respectively. Matthew Phillip took 16th in the prelims with a score of 279.85.

On the women’s side, Cui took second overall on the three-meter finals, posting a score of 334.50. Knox came in seventh place, diving to a score of 288.10.
Makayla Robillard wrapped up the prelims for the women, finishing with a score of 230.80.

“This is all about the process and competing through three days. We have two more days and some of our strongest events ahead of us,” said Shaffer.

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