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Diver Cui Achieves Second All-American Finish

Chris Heigle
Chris Heigle
Communications Student Assistant

COLUMBUS, Ohio – At the 2018 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, junior Lizzie Cui made the consolation final and finished 14th overall on the 3-meter springboard to earn her second All-America honor in as many days.

“Lizzie made a few errors in her first list, but held on and fought to earn a spot in to consolation finals and her second All-American performance of the meet,” said LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer. “This is the first time Lizzie has scored in two events at the same NCAA Championships, so this surely represents an improvement. 

Cui found herself in position to both compete in the championship final and miss the finals altogether. She found herself as high as fourth and as low as 20th, but the Auckland, New Zealand settled in and finished 12th overall in the prelims with a score of 323.50.

In the finals, Cui scored a 308.70 to finish sixth in the consolation finals and 14th overall.

Today’s performance earned Cui her second All-America honor of the meet, and the fourth of her career. On top of both of her Honorable Mention All-American performances this week, the New Zealand Olympian was an Honorable Mention All-American on three-meter in 2016 and a First Team All-American on one-meter in 2017.

“Lizzie has worked very hard and is dedicated,” Shaffer said. “I’m proud of her performances in Columbus. I know she is not satisfied with her performance because she knows she can do better. As she continues to set her goals high, it’s not a matter of if, but when it will all come together at a championship meet.” 

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