Celaya-Hernandez, Suchla Earn All-America Honors
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INDIANAPOLIS- Freshman Juan Celaya-Hernandez and senior Andrew Suchla received Honorable Mention All-America honors on one-meter after finishing ninth and 14th respectfully on day two of the NCAA Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.
In just their first appearance at NCAA’s, the duo became the school’s 14th and 15th All-Americans on one-meter springboard, marking the first time a diver for the men has received All-America accolades in the event since Niko Dalman in 2005.
Celaya-Hernandez dove to a score of 392.70 in the consolation finals for ninth overall. Suchla, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, placed 14th in the nation with a score of 324.30. Matt McClellan also competed on one-meter, finishing 42nd in the prelims with a score of 260.25.
“Today was very rewarding to see two Tigers achieve All-American Honorable Mention honors in their first appearance at the NCAA Championships,” said head diving coach Doug Shaffer.
“For Andrew, as a senior, this is special. For Juan, the highest placing freshman in the event, it shows what a great future he has ahead of him. We have eight diving opportunities ahead of us, and we are focused on the three-meter and platform events.”
In the swimming portion, the 400 medley relay team of Karl Luht, Silas Dejean, Logan Rysemus and Jake Markham opened up the prelims with a bang, besting their own school record after touching the wall at 3:07.02, shaving almost a full second off of their record to place 17th in the country.
“Today was kind of a bittersweet swim this morning. For the men to step up in their first race of the meet and crush our school record by almost a second was a great swim,” said head swimming coach Dave Geyer.
“To sit at 17th overall with the time and not get an opportunity to get more points on the board was disappointing. Tomorrow can be a great day for us with some individual swims and then the relay at the end.
The team will return to action tomorrow for day three of the championships at 9 a.m. CT. ESPN3.com will stream the championship finals sessions live each Friday and Saturday. The morning preliminary sessions will also be streamed live on www.ncaa.com and www.indianasportscorp.org/ncaasd.
Friday, March 24
Day 3 Swimming Trials
400 Individual Medley
Three-meter Diving Trials 15 minutes following trials
Consolation Finals (9-16)
Day 3 Finals
400 Individual Medley Consolation
400 Individual Medley Final
100 Butterfly Consolation
100 Butterfly Final
200 Freestyle Consolation
200 Freestyle Final
100 Breaststroke Consolation
100 Breaststroke Final
100 Backstroke Consolation
100 Backstroke Final
Three-meter Diving Finals
200 Medley Relay Consolation
200 Medley Relay Final