Junior Maren Taylor shines at Phil Hansel invitational

Evan Berkowitz

Redshirt junior diver Maren Taylor showed why she is a two-time All-American this weekend at the Phill Hansel Invitational, registering top-five finishes in all three diving events. Taylor won the three-meter event in dominating fashion on Thursday, winning by 45 points, followed by a second-place finish in the one-meter event and a fifth-place finish in platform diving.

On her fourth dive in the three-meter event, Taylor registered a meet-best 70.50, a reverse two-and-a-half somersault in the pike position.

Other notable dives include freshman Meghan Houston’s one-meter dive, where she placed seventh, senior Shelby Cullinan’s fifth-place three-meter dive and senior Diana Wilcox’s 11th-place three-meter dive. Houston also recorded a 22nd place finish in the platform dive and the three-meter dive.

Freshman Kristina Hoffmann registered a 14th-place finish in the platform.

The Texas swimmers resume fall competition on Thursday, Nov. 29, when the USA Swimming Winter National Championships come to Austin at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.