Texas’ Michael Hixon Grabs One-Meter Diving Title

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AUSTIN, Texas, March 27. TEXAS’ Michael Hixon completed an exciting one-meter diving finale with an NCAA title at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championships.

Hixon collected 443.50 points, while Stanford’s Kristian Ipsen took second with 436.55 point. Defending Diver of the Year Nick McCrory of Duke took third overall with 412.14 points.

Missouri’s David Bonuchi (405.96), Texas’ Cory Bowersox (403.95), Arizona’s Rafael Quintero (393.15), Miami’s Samuel Dorman (379.00) and Arizona State’s Riley McCormick (364.55) snatched the rest of the finishes in the championship finale.

That’s Texas’ 10th victory in the one-meter all time, tying them with Indiana for the second-most wins in the event’s history. Ohio State’s unreal dominance in the 30s, 40s, 50, 60s and 70s have the Buckeyes leading with 28 wins.

“To have it here at home is so special,” Hixon said.  “The whole swim team around the pool. I cannot describe it. That crowd has our back right now. That’s pushing us and that’s great. There are a lot of great teams here, so it’s not that much of an advantage. We have a goal to be the best diving team in the country. It’s going pretty well right now, I think. We still have three-meter and tower so we’re going to keep proving ourselves. I think it’s a testament to how good coach Matt Scoggin is in this sport.”

Utah’s Josiah Purss claimed the consolation final earlier today with 368.00 points. Virginia Tech’s Ryan Hawkins (363.35) and Tennessee’s Mauricio Robles-Rodriguez (358.20) took second and third.

Auburn’s Fraser McKean (351.90), Auburn’s John Santeiu (349.20), Missouri’s Clark Thomas (338.60), Stanford’s Brad Christensen (319.20) and Indiana’s Emad Abdelatif (317.55) also scored team points this afternoon.

Texas hit the team points hard, moving to the top of the team scores after the event.

Team Standings
1. Texas 114
2. California 105
3. Florida 103
4. Michigan 85
5. Arizona 68
6. Auburn 54
7. Stanford 46
8. Georgia 44
9. UNLV 30
10. USC 23
10. Minnesota 23

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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