Championship berths aplenty for Longhorns in Columbia


All-American senior Mark Anderson and freshman Grayson Campbell punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, with both claiming top-seven finishes in the one-meter finals at the NCAA Zone “D” Diving Meet in Columbia, Missouri.

Anderson claimed an additional berth with a second place finish in the three-meter finals, and Campbell followed suit with an eighth place finish.

On the three-meter platform, freshman Jacob Cornish claimed a top-15 finish as a non-qualifier, delivering yet another NCAA Championships berth for Texas.

For men’s head coach Eddie Reese, these berths are a product of a relentless, yearlong work ethic.

“(We) want to have a good summer season, want to have a good regular season, and just keep going, getting better each time,” Reese said. “That’s the name of the game.”

On the women’s side, freshman Alison Gibson posted a top-ten finish in the three-meter finals to punch her ticket to Indianapolis. Sophomore Meghan O’Brien added to the depth of the Championship roster by clinching berths in the one-meter and three-meter finals.

Gibson also claimed a berth in the one-meter finals, making the cut with a 12th place finish.

With the group set, Texas will have a week’s break before their trip to the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis.

“We work all year to go to the NCAAs and compete with everybody there,” Reese said.

The qualified divers join 15 Texas Swimmers who will get their shot as part of the entourage to Indianapolis, where the NCAA Championships are set for March 22-25 for men and March 15-18 for the women’s team.