The final day of the Texas Diving Invitational ended on a high note for the Longhorns at Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center as junior Mark Anderson once again nabbed first place overall with a total of 451.95 points.
Arizona State sophomore Heikki Mäkikallio, Anderson’s closest competitor, was over thirty points behind at 420.80. Miami (Fla.) senior Tanner Wilfong took third at 419.65 total points.
Anderson, the only diver competing for Texas in the men’s platform finals, once again pulled out show-stopping dives.
The 2015 Big 12 Diver of the Year’s fourth dive, a 3.5 somersault, even earned him a perfect ten from one of the judges, a rarity. The dive received a meet-best 89.1 points total. Not far behind was his fifth dive, a reverse 3 1/2 somersault which earned by a close 88.4 points.
Anderson also performed an inward 3.5 somersault tuck, a forward 3.5 somersault tuck, an armstand back two somersault 1 1/2 twist free, and a back 1 1/2 somersault 1 1/2 twist free. All earning high marks and contributing to his first place finish.
Anderson’s platform win comes just a day after his win yesterday in the three-meter finals.
Head coach Mark Scoggin was not worried about the rigor of the three-day contest for his team. He was confident in their ability to pace themselves.
“I’m very pleased with how they’re able to stay patient, stay focused during a long event — because it’s being televised, it takes a little bit longer,” said Scoggin.
The Longhorns will compete next in the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Indianapolis next month.