Texas sends five divers to NCAA Championships

Adair Odom

Each time his feet left the platform, All-America junior Mark Anderson pulled farther and farther from his competition before finally winning the men’s platform event. Anderson won the NCAA Zone “D” Diving Meet on Wednesday, 40 points ahead of his closest competition.

Anderson’s top place finish clinched his third berth to the NCAA Championships. He’’ll also be competing in the one-meter and three-meter dives.

Accompanying Anderson to the Championships are redshirt junior Sean O’Brien and All-American senior Cory Bowersox. It is O’Brien’s first appearance in the NCAA Championships and Bowersox’s fourth-straight.

O’Brien earned his first berth to the Championships with a fourth place finish in the men’s one-meter dive Tuesday. His top-five finish earned him a berth in the three-meter event as well, as he finished in the top-12 in Monday’s event.

Bowersox earned his second berth to the NCAA Championships on Tuesday, earning 723.35 points, enough for a second place finish in the three-meter finals.

After qualifying in the women’s one-meter event on Monday, both Meghan Houston and Meghan O’Brien earned additional NCAA Championship berths in Tuesday’s three-meter dive. O’Brien finished fifth in the 18-meter event, with Houston close behind finishing in seventh. 

Ten swimmers and two divers from the No. 7 women’s swimming and diving team will compete in the NCAA Championships in Atlanta from March 16–19. The top-ranked, 11-time, defending NCAA Champion men’s team will send 17 swimmers and three divers to the men’s portion of the national meet from March 23–26.