NCAA Men’s Championships: Indiana’s Carson Tyler, Quentin Henninger Go 1-2 on 3-Meter

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NCAA Men’s Championships: Indiana’s Carson Tyler, Quentin Henninger Go 1-2 on 3-Meter

From time to time Friday night at the IUPUI Natatorium, Carson Tyler had to remind himself that it wasn’t a practice session. Or at least, to make sure he’s using that sense of being in Bloomington the right way.

From the third round on, it became clear that Tyler and teammate Quentin Henninger were clear of the rest of the field in the 3-meter final at the NCAA Championships. That was just fine with Tyler.

“It definitely feels like practice because in practice he drops them, and I’m right there behind him watching so I have to respond,” Tyler said. “It’s a back-and-forth thing.”

Tyler won with a score of 476.85, and Henninger completed a 1-2 by tallying 461.75. The points moved Indiana into second place in the team race, in a competition where few of their fellow title aspirants have diving depth.

Tyler was .45 points behind Henninger after the fourth round, but he surged with a big dive in the fourth round to lead by nearly nine points. The more Henninger executed, the more Tyler was pushed on.

“Hearing those scores, I expect that from him,” Tyler said. “I know what to expect. Just focusing on myself, I can expect what he does and just try my best to keep up with him.”

Tyler was fourth last year, a place behind Henninger. It’s Tyler’s second NCAA title, having won platform last year.

Jack Ryan of Stanford finished third with a score of 444.20. He had been the leader out of prelims. Fourth was Cameron Cash of Pittsburgh.

Ryan has had a tremendous year leaping from 24th last year in this event. That’s nothing compared to Cash, who was 51st last year and had a tremendous meet, topping 400 points in both prelims and finals.

Bryden Hattie moved up a spot from sixth last year to fifth. That bodes well for the reigning silver medalist in platform. Lyle Yost, the 1-meter champ, was seventh, a spot behind Victor Povzner. Last year’s silver medalist, Shangfei Wang of USC, finished ninth in 411.25. That score would’ve been fourth in the A final had he made it, but he was only 11th in the afternoon.

Tyler and Henninger are playing a big part in Indiana’s chase of a podium finish. It’s a rare connection between swim and dive delegations that they relish.

“I think it’s really cool to have such a big share in the points of our team total,” Tyler said. “I think they definitely respect us. We give them respect, too. It’s a good relationship and a good team dynamic.”

Event 13  Men 3 mtr Diving
         Meet: M 529.10  3/27/2015 Samuel Dorman, Miami (FL)
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
                       === Championship Final ===                        
  1 Tyler, Carson          JR Indiana            425.60     476.85   20  
  2 Henninger, Quentin     JR Indiana            426.25     461.75   17  
  3 Ryan, Jack             JR Stanford           432.90     444.20   16  
  4 Cash, Cameron          JR Pittsburgh         402.20     409.20   15  
  5 Hattie, Bryden         SR Tennessee          389.50     406.95   14  
  6 Povzner, Victor        SR TAMU               384.10     404.50   13  
  7 Yost, Lyle             SR OSU                390.75     404.05   12  
  8 Wang, Yutong           SO Minnesota          391.45     365.90   11  
                        === Consolation Final ===                        
  9 Wang, Shangfei         JR USC                375.65     411.25    9  
 10 Hart, Alexander        SR UNC                364.85     395.50    7  
 11 Scapens, Brodie        SR Miami (FL)         356.65     394.60    6  
 12 Paul, Carson           SO LSU                383.00     393.60    5  
 13 Harris, Nicholas       SO Texas              358.05     387.10    4  
 14 Duperre, Noah          SR Texas              383.55     378.15    3  
 15 Weinrich, Maxwell      SO Indiana            359.55     365.50    2  
 16 Donald, Skip           SR Florida            358.65     355.30    1
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