Mellow earns second place on platform during final day of UT Invite
AUSTIN, Texas – The UT Diving Invitational ended with sophomore Morgan Mellow taking second place in the platform event.
On the final day of the Invite, the Cougars competed in the platform event for the first time this season. In five dives, Mellow took second place with a score of 217.50. Adia London and Elizabeth Holmesfollowed in third and fourth place with scores of 193.05 and 191.10, respectively. In the men’s platform, Matt Denkers posted BYU’s highest score on the event at 288.50 and Nathan Gonzalez followed in sixth place with 276.25.
During the three-day diving event, the Cougars qualified four men and two women to proceed to the 1-meter finals and three men and two women on the 3-meter finals. Holmes earned her first BYU 1A zone cut on the 1-meter, while Gonzales and Morgan Cooper both earned a zone cut on the 3-meter. Both Gonzales and Cooper now have zone cuts on the 1-meter and the 3-meter and will compete at the NCAA Zone E Championship in March.
Two BYU divers also placed on the podium during the Invite. Gonzales took third in the men’s 3-meter with a score of 366.50 on the second day, while Morgan Mellow placed second in the women’s platform at 217.50 on the final day.
The majority of the Cougars dive team earned either career or season bests this weekend. Gonzales’ third place on the 1-meter (366.50) was also a career best. He also earned a season best on the 3-meter with a score of 366.50. Cooper and Denkers also posted season highs on the 3-meter scoring 320.55 and 290.25, respectively. For the women, Holmes 1-meter score (276.15) was a career high. Mellow at 253.45 and London with 222.55 also posted season highs on the 1-meter. Holmes also recorded a season best of 261.90 on the 3-meter, as well as Mellow at 233.71 and Morgan Paul with 265.30.
The BYU dive team with next travel to Salt Lake City to compete in the University of Utah Diving Invitational from Dec. 1-2. The Cougars will face Utah, Air Force and USC at Ute Natatorium.
Swim team heads to UNLV Invite while Dive team goes to UT Invite
PROVO, Utah –Select groups from BYU’s swim and dive team head to Las Vegas to participate in the UNLV Invite, while the rest of the Cougars dive team travels to Austin, Texas, for the University of Texas- Austin Diving Invitational this week, Nov. 16-18.
"We have about 30 swimmers going to the UNLV Invite and a couple of divers," head coach John Brooks said. "Since we will be close to sea level, we are expecting our team to swim well. It is going to be a great race with prelims and finals. Everyone is well rested and should swim fast. We are hoping for season- and personal-best times."
BYU swimmers last competed at the Pacific Invite and have had a three-week break. Many swimmers traveling to the UNLV Invite currently hold Mountain Pacific Sports Federation top-10 times in multiple events including Tiare Coker, Casey Cunningham, Kelly Hatanaka, Mariah Lindsay, Jarren Brinton and Cameron Lindsay. The BYU swim team will take on eight other schools including UNLV, UCSB, Cal Baptist, Cal Poly, CSU Bakersfield and Pacific.
The UNLV Invite will take place in the Jim Reitz Pool with three sessions each day. The first swim session starts at 9:30 a.m. PST, the middle dive session, held only on Thursday and Friday, begins at 12:30 p.m. PST and the final swim session starts at 5:00 p.m. PST.
Members of the BYU dive team last competed in October at the Intermountain Shootout where three of the men’s divers earned 1A zone-cuts. Nathan Gonzales still currently holds both of the top scores in the MPSF for the one-meter and three-meter. The Cougars this week will take on Texas, Miami and TCU at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
“I am looking forward to the performances of the divers as they compete this week at the UNLV and Texas Invites," BYU diving head coach Tyce Routson said. "The diving team has really focused on the fundamentals and mental game. I expect the format at these invites to allow many of our divers to reach finals and get the experience they need to qualify for the NCAA championships. They are a tight, supportive and playful team that I love coaching and can roll with any kind of adversity we might face this season."
The UT Diving Invite begins Thursday and goes through Saturday starting each day at 11:00 a.m. CST. Thursday will be the women’s 1-meter and the men’s 3-meter events. Friday's competition will consist of the men’s 1-meter and women’s 3-meter. The Invite concludes on Saturday with the women’s and men’s platform finals. The finals for each event will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network. Specific start and end times can be found on the UT Diving Invitational schedule.