Celaya-Hernandez Claims Bronze On Platform
Communications Student Assistant
AUSTIN –Juan Celaya-Hernandez bounced back in a big way on the final day of competition at the 2019 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship by claiming the bronze on platform.
On The Boards
Celaya-Hernandez dove to a score of 435.80 to earn his first career podium finish on platform at the NCAA Championships.
A 3rd place finish for Juan Celaya-Hernandez on the platform! pic.twitter.com/Q9D5CpB0Oo— LSU Swimming & Diving (@LSUSwimDive) March 31, 2019
Matthew Phillip finished in 19thplace on the same event after diving to a score of 315.45 to close out his LSU career.
Head Diving Coach Doug Shaffer
“I’m so proud of Juan’s performance today. On the heels of what I know was a disappointing three-meter yesterday he completely turned it around on platform. His list was the best overall platform performance I’ve seen him do. I tell my athletes all the time anything can happen and to never give up. We were on the edge of our seat the entire contest as Juan contended for the national championship. I’m also very proud of Matthew Phillip. He performed very well in the event for his highest NCAA finish of his career.”
In The Pool
In the competition pool, Karl Luht finished in 40thplace in the 100-Yard Freestyle after touching the wall in 43.72.
Head Swimming Coach Dave Geyer
“Karl had a great season this year and has really started to understand who he can be as an athlete. Qualifying for the NCAA Championships is no easy task for anymore and to come here and be right off scoring in his primary event and getting a best time in his second swim are promising for his final year of competition.”
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