411OnTheForty: Windle, Pineda Dominate at UT Diving Invitational

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Texas All-America Jordan Windle won the men's 10-meter platform event and the 3-meter springboard in the UT Diving Invitational (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas senior All-America Jordan Windle and junior Paola Pineda swept the platform titles on the final day of competition at the UT Diving Invitational at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

For Windle and Pineda, it second victory of the three-day event. Each also finished first in the 3-meter springboard.

For much of the meet, LSU and Texas went back and forth on both the men's and women's side. But by Sunday, Texas had pulled away, as Windle claimed victory in both the three-meter springboard event and the platform, with two LSU divers right behind, in second and third place. LSU's Juan Hernandez held the lead throughout the first two rounds. But Windle, the reigning Big 12 champion in the men's platform, registered a near-perfect 96.53 (one of the two judges graded it as a 10) en route to a narrow 470.25-466.05 victory.

Pineda also trailed after two rounds. LSU's Anne Tuxen of LSU, who placed third, held a slim lead, but Pineda never wavered, using a combination of pike dives and somersaults to win by 24 points, 307.10-283.10.

While Pineda and Windle were the only Longhorns to place first in any events, UT's Bridget O'Neill placed third in both the one-meter event and three-meter event. Noah Duperre finished second in the men's one-meter and earned third in the three-meter.

Big 12 honors
Freshman swimmer Carson Foster was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, completing a sweep by Texas of the men's weekly awards. Drew Kibler was named Swimmer of the Week while Jordan Windle earned Diver of the Week honors. In his collegiate debut Oct. 16, Foster set a U.S. National Age-Group Record in the 400-yard individual medley, with a time of 3:35.27.

Texas junior Paola Pineda won the women's 10-meter platform event in the UT Diving Invitational (image courtesy of texassports.com).

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley