Celaya-Hernandez, Cui Earn SEC Weekly Honors
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE – After sweeping the diving events in last weekend’s tri-meet at Pitt, sophomore Juan Celaya-Hernandez and junior Lizzie Cui have earned SEC diving honors. Celaya-Hernandez has been named the Male Diver of the week, while Cui was named the Co-Female Diver of the Week.
Celaya-Hernandez, a native of Mexico, won the award after winning both the one-meter and three-meter springboard events in Pittsburgh. In a competitive field containing eight other divers, Celaya-Hernandez scored a 361.45 in the one-meter, winning by 68.25 points and setting a season-high score. He also won the three-meter with a score of 413.20, winning by an even larger margin of 81.65 points. Both scores earned Celaya-Hernandez NCAA Zones Qualification.
Cui, a junior from Auckland, New Zealand, also won both the one-meter and three-meter springboard events. Cui stood out in a field containing 10 other divers and was still able to win both events by a large margin. She took the three-meter springboard event last Friday with a score of 293.85, winning the event by 21.45 points. On Saturday, Cui took gold in the one-meter, diving to a score of 360.60, winning by 44.40 points. Both scores are new season-best marks and qualified her for NCAA Zones.
This is not the first time Celaya-Hernandez and Cui have swept the diving events this season. Celaya-Hernandez and Cui also won both the one-meter and three-meter when they took on Loyola and Tulane last month.
“This is a great reward and deserving recognition for Juan and Lizzie,” said LSU diving head coach Doug Shaffer. “It represents their hard work and dedication. I’m proud that they have been recognized in this manner.”
Celaya-Hernandez and Cui will compete next at SMU when they take on the Mustangs Friday, November 3, at 6 p.m. at the Barr-McMillion Natatorium.
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