Texas women’s dive earns qualifying spots for NCAA Championships

Emily Schumacher

With only five female Longhorn divers competing in the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships, Texas junior Paola Pineda and sophomore Jordan Skilken captured the spotlight.

The pair qualified for the NCAA Championships in all three events of 1-meter, 3-meter and platform, consistently demonstrating their fiercely competitive nature.
The Texas team traveled this weekend to Lexington, Kentucky, to compete at the Lancaster Aquatic Center. With each event having a different number of qualifying spots, the divers who earned the top places will move onto the NCAA Championships that will be held Mar. 24-27 at North Carolina State University. 

Pineda continued her illustrious junior campaign, securing second place in the 1-meter springboard with a score of 608.00. Trailing by 19.4 points, freshman Bridget O'Neil earned the fifth place spot with 588.60 points. Skilken grabbed the final spot for the Longhorns in ninth place with a score of 563.40.

The Texas women earned three qualifying spots in the 3-meter springboard. 

Obtaining second place with a score of 688.30, Pineda followed just 12 points behind the second place diver. O’Neil took seventh place with a score of 642.35. Only 5.15 points behind her in ninth place was Skilken with 637.20 points. 

Sophomore Janie Boyle made her mark at the meet in the platform dive with a score of 321.35 and a second place qualifying spot. She followed behind Pineda, who nabbed first place with a score of 343.05. Skilken made a score of 263.40 in the platform dive, which earned her the fifth place spot.