Two Longhorns secure a trip to NCAA championships

Brittany Lamas

The Longhorns competed in the NCAA Zone “D” Diving Meet March 11-13 in Houston, as redshirt junior Maren Taylor and senior Shelby Cullinan qualified for the national competition.

Both divers won their spots on the opening day, taking a one-two finish in the 3m diving event. Taylor won the event with 709.60, and Cullinan finished behind her at 662.90. Cullinan narrowly secured the second spot, beating Cassie Weil of LSU by two tenths of a point. Senior Diana Wilcox finished tenth.

This is Taylor’s third NCAA appearance and Cullinan’s fourth.

Cullinan also won the platform diving event on the last day of competition, even though she had already secured a bid. Taylor came in fourth, followed by Wilcox in sixth.

Freshman Meghan Houston came close to her first NCAA trip, finishing fourth in the one-meter diving event. Houston had the chance because divers could only qualify once, but they still have to place in the top two for an event. Zone “D” only took seven divers and she would’ve been number eight.

The NCAA Championships will take place in Indianapolis beginning March 21, with Texas being represented by 10 individual swimmers, five relay teams and the two divers.