MADISON, Wisc. – Five LSU divers, like the first day of the NCAA Zone D diving regional, qualified for their respective events inside the Soderholm Family Aquatic Center Tuesday, punching their ticket to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships held in Atlanta.
“I’m very happy with the additional events we qualified in today,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “Juan and Adrian qualified on the one-meter while Helle, Montse(rrat) and Chiara did so on the three-meter. Anne was very close on three-meter, and Maggie made her first regional final. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and keeping our success going!”
Juan Celaya-Hernandez and Adrian Abadia qualified for their second event in the 2022 NCAA Championships after finishing second and seventh, respectively. The qualifying mark for the men’s one-meter was set at the top-8 finishers. Celaya-Hernandez closed out the prelims with a first-place finish and a score of 413.65 and finished in second place for the final with a score of 814.35. Abadia qualified for the championships after finishing in seventh place for the prelims with a score of 346.05. He held his position in the final with a score of 706.45.
Zayne Danielewicz has collected three personal bests while competing in diving zones. He was able to make the final with a prelim score of 346.05, and placed 18th in the final with a score of 543.55.
For the women, Chiara Pellacani, Montserrat Gutierrez Lavenant, and Helle Tuxen all matched their efforts from the first day also qualifying for their second NCAA Championship event on three-meter. In the prelims, Pellacani claimed fourth place with a score of 348.95, and held her spot in the final with a score of 704.60.
Due to the NCAA’s Zone D allotment for the women’s three-meter sitting at 11, Gutierrez Lavenant and Tuxen both earned a spot in the event.
Gutierrez Lavenant closed out the prelims with a seventh-place finish and a score of 341.95, while Tuxen claimed ninth with a score of 321.85. In the final, Gutierrez Lavenant placed ninth with a score of 648.60 and Tuxen finished in 11th place with a score of 640.20.