Celaya-Hernandez Places Third On 3-Meter at NCAA's
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.”
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.
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
Day 4 Swimming Trials
Platform Diving Trials
15 minutes following trials Consolation Finals (9-16)
3:45 p.m. (approx.)
1,650 Free (early heats)
Day 4 Finals
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