Texas divers dominate first day of Big 12 Diving Championship

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Texas divers Jordan Windle (left) and Bridget O'Neil won the men's 1-meter springboard and the women's 3-meter event at the Big 12 Diving Championship at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center (photos courtesy of texassports.com / graphic by Horns Illustrated).

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas divers won the top five places in the women’s 3-meter and four of the top five in the men’s 1-meter on the first day of the Big 12 Diving Championship at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Freshman Bridget O’Neil set a Big 12 Championship meet record when she won the women’s 3-meter crown thanks to her six-dive total of 401.00 points, eclipsing the previous mark of 384.60 set last year by Jiayu Chen of Kansas.

UT junior Paola Pineda finished second in the event, with 366.70 points, followed by junior Morgan Menninger in third (332.15), sophomore Jordan Skilken in fourth (326.70) and sophomore Janie Boyle in fifth (320.35).

The top non-Longhorn in the event was West Virginia’s Camille Burt, who finished sixth with 297.85 points.

O’Neil pulled away from the pack on her third dive, a forward 3½-somersault pike (107b) on which she scored 72.85. She then iced her title in the event with a 73.50 on her final dive, a forward 2½ somersault one-twist pike (5152b).

The Texas men were almost as dominant in the 1-meter as the UT women were in the 3-meter.

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Jordan Windle also won his event with a Big 12 Championship record score, a six-dive total of 469.85 points. His score surpassed that of former record holder, Longhorn Will Chandler, who set the previous mark of 441.59 in 2015.

The title was Windle’s sixth career Big 12 individual crown, his first on the 1-meter springboard.

Windle was trailed in second place by freshman Noah Duperre (personal-best 438.70 points) and sophomore Andrew Harness in third (363.40). Freshman Brendan McCourt finished in fifth place with 353.70 points. 

Windle took an early leaed in the final with a score of 85.25 (including a perfect score of 10 from one judge) on his first dive, an inward 2½-somersault tuck (405c), and finished off the win with a score of 81.60 on his final dive, a forward 2½-somersault one-twist pike (5152b).

The Texas sweep in the event was derailed by West Virginia’s Paul Lenz, who finished fourth with a score of 359.15.

The team champions for the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship will be determined after Wednesday's platform diving finals.

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