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Three Tigers To Compete In Diving World Championships

Tanner Craft
Tanner Craft
Communications Student Assistant

Baton Rouge – Juan Celaya-Hernandez, Lizzie Cui, and Anne Tuxen are set to suit up for their countries in the 2019 FINA Diving World Championships. The competition will run July 12-20 in Gwangju, Korea. 

Celaya-Hernandez, along with his partner Yahel Castillo, will compete for Mexico in the Men’s three-meter synchronized dive. Celaya-Hernandez and Castillo dove to a score of 434.49 to win the National Championship at the beginning of June. 

Celaya-Hernandez also competed this summer in two FINA Diving events in Kazan, Russia and London. In Russia, Celaya-Hernandez and Castillo earned the bronze medal in the three-meter synchro after diving to a score of 400.53. In London, the team of Celaya-Hernandez and Castillo finished in sixth place in the same event with a score of 366.81. 

For his junior season at LSU, Celaya-Hernandez was named to the Men’s All-SEC First Team for the second time in his career following a season that featured winning 21 out of 32 events. He was named SEC Male Diver of the Week four times. At the 2019 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, he claimed the gold medal on the one-meter springboard with a score of 440.30 and took the bronze on the platform with a score of 409.35. At the 2019 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, he won the one-meter consolation final after diving to a score of 803.10. He followed that performance up with a third-place finish on platform, diving to a score of 435.80 to earn him the title of NCAA All-American.  

Cui will compete for New Zealand on the one and three-meter springboard, three-meter synchronized with her partner Yu Quin Go, and mixed synchronized with Anton Down-Jenkins. 

Cui competed in the 2019 USA FINA Diving Grand Prix in Mission Viejo, California April 11-14. Cui finished in sixth place in Semifinal B on the three-meter springboard with a score of 245.95. She then earned seventh place on the three-meter synchro with her partner Yu Quin Go with a score of 242.10.

During her senior collegiate season, Cui was named SEC Women’s Diver of the Week twice. The first time was after an overwhelming win on both springboard events against Navy and UCONN where she won the one-meter by over 68 points with a score of 322.10 and the three-meter by over 33 points with a score of 336.80, and the second time after winning four events over two meets – winning both springboard events against Kentucky with scores of 306.45 and 319.80 on the one-meter and three-meter, respectively and then against Tulane and Loyola where she scored a 323.10 and a 342.30 on the one-meter and three-meter. She won both springboard events against Florida with scores of 330.60 and 356.55 on the one-meter and three-meter, respectively. She swept the springboard events at the Auburn Diving Invite with a score of 318.80 on the one-meter and a score of 339.00 on the three-meter. At the 2019 SEC Championships, she earned silver medals on both the one-meter and three-meter springboard events. At the 2019 NCAA Championships, Cui finished in sixth place on the one-meter springboard with a score of 317.80, earning All-American Honors.

Anne Tuxen will compete for Norway in the individual as well as the synchronized platform and the three-meter synchro. She will compete with her sister, Helle, in the synchro events. At the 2019 USA FINA Diving Grand Prix, Tuxen finished in 15thplace on individual platform with a score of 198.00. In the synchro events, the sisters finished in sixth place on platform with a score of 249.42 and ninth place on three-meter with a score of 237.39.

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