2022 NCAA Men’s Championships: Purdue’s Tyler Downs Claims Platform Diving Title, Heads to Oscars (VIDEO)

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The 2022 NCAA Men’s Division I Swimming and Diving Championship last night continued from the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, with the final individual event, platform diving.

After prelims, three divers were ahead of the field, but within three points of each other. It remained that close throughout the platform finals.

Purdue freshman Tyler Downs won the event with 447.20 points, just four points ahead of Miami senior Zach Cooper (443.05).

“I had not expectations going into my first NCAA meet. I wanted to go out and have fun,” Downs said.  “It has been great at Purdue.”

Downs, a Tokyo Olympian, said he will fly out to attend the Oscars after being invited by the Elton John Foundation.

Tennessee sophomore Bryden Hattie took third with 418.70.

Florida junior Leonardo Garcia was fourth (406.05), followed by Miami’s Maxwell Flory (398.00), Ohio State’s Jacob Fielding (364.55), Purdue’s Jordan Rzepka (338.85) and Lyle Yost (336.80).

 Event 20  Men Platform Diving
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         Meet: M 548.90  3/26/2011 Nick McCrory, Duke
         Pool: P 509.25  3/26/2016 Zhipeng Zeng, Ohio State
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Downs, Tyler           FR Purdue             426.30     447.20   20  
  2 Cooper, Zach           SR Miami (Florida)    429.05     443.05   17  
  3 Hattie, Bryden         SO Tennessee          428.00     418.70   16  
  4 Garcia, Leonardo       JR Florida            362.70     406.05   15  
  5 Flory, Maxwell         JR Miami (Florida)    361.95     398.00   14  
  6 Fielding, Jacob        SR Ohio St            365.70     364.55   13  
  7 Rzepka, Jordan         FR Purdue             379.80     338.85   12  
  8 Yost, Lyle             JR Ohio St            358.45     336.80   11  
 
                        === Consolation Final ===                        
 
  9 Capobianco, Andrew     SR Indiana            350.75     397.35    9  
 10 Bramley, Benjamin      SR Purdue             339.85     396.85    7  
 11 Markentin, Bjorn       JR Arizona            331.10     383.35    6  
 12 Tyler, Carson          FR Indiana            343.15     382.70    5  
 13 Harness, Andrew        JR Texas              335.05     376.20    4  
 14 Henninger, Quentin     FR Indiana            348.55     359.30    3  
 15 Svirskyi, Anton        SO Florida            330.60     294.40    2  
 16 Victor, Joseph         FR Princeton          348.45     277.70    1