Juan Celaya-Hernandez Received First-Team All-America Recognition on Three-Meter
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Celaya-Hernandez Places Third On 3-Meter at NCAA's

Fraser McAlpine
Fraser McAlpine
Communications Student Assistant

INDIANAPOLIS- Freshman diver Juan Celaya-Hernandez put on a phenomenal performance in the NCAA Championship finals on three-meter springboard, placing third in the nation after posting an impressive score of 464.35 at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Celaya-Hernandez received First-Team All-America honors for his efforts, notching his second consecutive All-America recognition after earning honorable mention accolades on one-meter on Thursday.

A native of Mexico, Celaya-Hernandez became the 14th male diver to receive All-America honors on three-meter and the fifth as part of the First Team. Celaya-Hernandez also tied Daren Guertin's 19-year record for the highest-finish in school history on three-meter at NCAA's.

“Juan's performance this evening was exceptional. Prior to the start of the event, I told him he was in a final with three NCAA champions and three Olympians and that he deserved to be here,” said head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “I told him anything could happen and to go have fun and he did.”

“We have one more day on the platform event where we have huge potential. We hope to carry today's momentum and finish strong.”

In the swimming portion, senior Logan Rysemus touched the wall at 46.08 in the 100 fly for 22nd overall. Junior Jake Markham finished 20th in the nation in the 200 free, clocking at 1:34.05.

The 200 medley relay team of Karl Luht, Silas Dejean, Rysemus and Markham finished 17th in the country in the event, coming in at 1:25.13. The squad just narrowly missed the finals by two-hundredths of a second after Arizona State placed 16th with a time of 1:25.11.

For the divers, senior Andrew Suchla placed 30th overall with a score of 314.75. A native of Wisconsin, Suchla concludes his LSU career at his first NCAA's, picking up Honorable Mention All-America honors on one-meter to place 14th in the nation in the consolation finals on Thursday. Suchla also holds the ninth-highest score in school history on three-meter at 377.70, as well as the sixth-highest score on one-meter at 369.53.

Sophomore Matthew Phillip finished 34th in the country on three-meter, posting a score of 305.85. Matt McClellan, a native of Cypress, Texas, followed Phillip at 36th overall with a score of 305.30.

The swimming and diving team will return to action tomorrow morning in the preliminary heats at 9 a.m. CT on the final day of the season. For the divers, Celaya-Hernandez, Phillip and McClellan will wrap up the season on platform tomorrow. Rysemus and Markham are both slated to compete in the 100 free with times of 43.28 and 43.35, respectively. Markham is also slated to compete in the 200 fly with a time of 1:43.96.

Saturday, March 25

10:00 a.m.

Day 4 Swimming Trials

200 Backstroke

100 Freestyle

200 Breaststroke

200 Butterfly

12:00 p.m.

Platform Diving Trials

15 minutes following trials Consolation Finals (9-16)

3:45 p.m. (approx.)

1,650 Free (early heats)

6:00 p.m.

Day 4 Finals

1,650 Freestyle

200 Backstroke Consolation

200 Backstroke Final

100 Freestyle Consolation

100 Freestyle Final

200 Breaststroke Consolation

200 Breaststroke Final

200 Butterfly Consolation

200 Butterfly Final

Platform Diving Finals

400 Freestyle Relay Consolation

400 Freestyle Relay Final

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