Weekend Previews: Men’s diving, women’s diving

Samantha Halbach and Rachel Wenzlaff

Men's Diving

This season, the Texas men’s diving team boasts three Team USA athletes — sophomore Mark Anderson, junior Cory Bowersox and senior Will Chandler. The three, along with junior Sean O’Brien, have not hit the water for a competition since Oct. 25. However, they will be working out the rust this weekend as they splash into the third annual Texas Diving Invitational, hosted by Texas.

The meet will take place at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Thursday at 11 a.m. and wrap up Saturday evening. The meet will include performances on all three boards, which include the one-meter, three-meter and platform.

For Saturday, Bowersox is expected to dominate the one-meter springboard. Last May, he secured his second consecutive All-American recognition in the event and took bronze in the same event for the U.S. at the FINA Diving Guanajuato Grand Prix.

Chandler will likely handle his competition on the three-meter. At the Big 12 Championships last season, he took second in the event. This year, he made another second place finish against A&M from nearly 10 feet up.

Anderson will mostly take care of the platform. Last spring, at the NCAA Championships, he received his first All-American honor in the event and placed seventh for Team USA in the event last month.

Rachel Wenzlaff

Women's Diving

This weekend the Texas women’s diving team hosts eight teams in the third annual Texas Diving Invitational. Competition will be featured on all three boards: three-meter, one-meter and platform. This three-day meet will take place at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center starting Thursday at 11 a.m.

Of the 29 women diving this weekend, 28 of them will be competing in the three-meter and one-meter prelims that will take place Thursday and Friday. Each diver must complete six dives in the preliminaries and perform no repeat dives. Eight women from each of the two events will move onto the finals, which will take place on the same day, following the events’ preliminary rounds.

The final day of the invitational divers will be competing on the platform. There will be no prelims, just finals. Nineteen women will complete five dives on this final board in the invitational. Diving order will not be based on the previous days scores, but will instead be randomized.

The following schools will be represented on the board: Arizona State, Wyoming, California, Houston, TCU, Hawaii, Kansas and Louisiana State.

Divers to look out for this weekend are senior, three-time All-American, Emma Ivory-Ganja, juniors Meghan Houston and Kristina Hoffman, and sophomore Murphy Bromberg. Houston, Bromburg and Ivory-Ganja all claimed an event last year at this invitational.

The finals will be streamed live each day on the Longhorn Network.

Samantha Halbach