27 Dec

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Taylor Wins Three-Meter Title at USA Diving Winter Nationals

image_handler (2)University of Texas senior diver Maren Taylor claimed her second championship of the meet and won the individual three-meter title Sunday on the final day of the USA Diving Winter National Championships.  The UT women finished second in the final women's team standings and helped The University of Texas win the meet's combined (men's and women's) team national title.

Taylor accumulated 923.90 points through the three rounds of three-meter competition and finished off the victory in Sunday's finals.  Taylor totaled a meet-best 72 points on her first dive of the finals, and inward two-and-a-half somersault in the pike position.

The Arlington, Va., native qualifies to represent the United States at next summer's FINA World Cup in Shanghai, China, where she will join UT freshman Murphy Bromberg, a platform diving qualifier.  Taylor won the three-meter synchro event on Saturday and remains in contention for an additional FINA World Cup berth to be announced next April.

Texas junior Emma Ivory-Ganja won a bronze medal in Sunday's three-meter finals with her third-place total of 882.30 points.  Bromberg added a runner-up finish alongside former Ohio State diver Cheyenne Cousineau in the synchro platform event with 569.61 points.

Part-time journalist turned full-time blogger, Brian is an online staff writer at Horns Illustrated and serves as senior staff writer for digital marketing agency Speak Social. Brian currently resides in Austin and you can read his blog at the following address: briankendall.wordpress.com