Minnesota’s Sarah Bacon Claims 1m Diving NCAA Title with New Meet Record

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Minnesota’s Sarah Bacon successfully defended her 1m diving title on Thursday night at the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. The junior broke the meet record with 363.20 points, taking down Cassidy Krug’s 361.55 mark from 2007.

Bacon is the first woman to defend this title in back-to-back years since Houston’s Anastasia Pozdniakova won in 2009 and 2010. Arizona’s Samantha Pickens won two titles but not consecutively, taking the 1m crown in 2013 and 15.

UCLA senior Maria Polyakova finished in second for the Bruins (346.90) with Texas junior Alison Gibson (338.65) in third in her home pool.

2018 3m champion Brooke Schultz of Arkansas was fourth at 334.35 while UCLA’s Eloise Belanger (320.80) was fifth.

LSU’s Elizabeth Cui (317.80), Florida’s Brooke Madden (314.55) and Kansas’ Vicky Xu (284.60) also competed in the championship final.

Minnesota now has three 1m NCAA titles as Bacon joins herself (2018) and Kelci Bryant (2011) as winners of the event for the Golden Gophers.

 Event 6  Women 1 mtr Diving
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         Meet: M 361.55  3-2007    Cassidy Krug, Stanford
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Sarah Bacon      JR Minnesota          346.05     363.20M        20  
  2 Maria Polyakova  SR UCLA               321.55     346.90         17  
  3 Alison Gibson    JR Texas              324.60     338.65         16  
  4 Brooke Schultz   SO Arkansas           331.70     334.35         15  
  5 Eloise Belanger  SR UCLA               299.05     320.80         14  
  6 Elizabeth Cui    SR LSU                300.30     317.80         13  
  7 Brooke Madden    JR Florida            300.05     314.55         12  
  8 Vicky Xu         SR KANS               299.25     284.60         11
 Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 6                 
 
  1. Stanford                        147.5   2. California                        133
  3. Michigan                           97   4. Texas                              80
  5. Louisville                         72   6. Southern Cali                      65
  7. Tennessee                          59   8. NC State                           56
  9. Minnesota                          52  10. Texas A&M                          44
 10. Wisconsin                          44  10. Virginia                           44
 13. Auburn                             40  14. Arizona                          34.5
 15. UCLA                               31  16. Arkansas                           29
 17. Georgia                            28  18. Kentucky                         27.5
 19. Arizona St                         25  20. Indiana                            20
 21. Ohio St                            18  22. Duke                               16
 23. Florida                            14  23. Missouri                           14
 25. South Carolina                   13.5  26. Lsu                                13
 27. Kansas                             11  28. Purdue                              7
 29. University of Miami                 3  30. UNC                                 2