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Celaya-Hernandez, Phillip Wrap Up Season

Chris Heigle
Chris Heigle
Communications Student Assistant

MINNEAPOLIS – The LSU swimming and diving team wrapped up its season Saturday at the 2018 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, where divers Juan Celaya-Hernandez and Matthew Phillip competed on platform. Celaya-Hernandez earned Honorable Mention All-America recognition after finishing 15th overall.

“Today was not a good reflection of our season,” explained LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer. “We certainly dove under our ability and expectations today.”

“For me, I must reflect on what we did and what needs to change in order to be more successful on the third day,” said Shaffer.

In the prelims, Celaya-Hernandez battled his way into the consolation finals, finishing 14th with a score of 354.10. Phillip finished his junior season with a score of 290.30, which was good for 33rd overall. 

In the consolation finals, Celaya-Hernandez scored a 310.40 to take seventh place, and 15th overall.

By reaching the consolation finals, Celaya-Hernandez earned his fifth All-America recognition. The sophomore, with three First Team and two Honorable Mention awards, is the fifth diver in school history to earn five All-America honors.

“I’m very proud of what we did this year as a team,” said Shaffer. “In particular, Juan has been outstanding in his second NCAA Championships. To achieve three All-American honors shows fantastic growth and development in his career.”

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