Sarah Bacon Doubles Up on Springboard Titles With 3-Meter NCAA Title

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Minnesota Sarah Bacon backed up her 1m diving title on Friday night at the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships in Greensboro with a win in the 3-meter springboard as the only to break 400 with 408.60.

Bacon won her first 3-meter title at NCAAs as she now has four individual titles total in her career, taking three 1-meter titles in her three collegiate years. Bacon finished ahead of ACC trio Aranza Vazquez (384.75) of North Carolina, Camryn Hidalgo (356.40) of Georgia Tech, and Emma Gullstrand (355.30) of Miami as Vazquez and Gullstrand are both freshmen.

“My coach helps me stay calm between dives, and we have been working on consistency on 3-meter the whole year. It is exciting to finally show it in that performance,” Sarah Bacon said after the race. “I am feeling better than ever, and diving-wise, I think I look better than ever, so I am going to use these events to help me motivate me forward toward the Olympic trials.”

Texas’ Paola Pineda (351.10) finished in fifth to put Texas one point behind NC State for second place with just the 200 medley relay to go tonight.

Purdue’s Emily Bretscher (345.30), Texas A&M’s Charlye Campbell (343.30) and Nebraska’s Abigail Knapton (342.90) also competed in the championship final.

Minnesota now has four national titles in the 3-meter diving as Sarah Bacon joins Kelci Bryant (2010) and Yu Zhou (2015, 2017) as winners of the event for the Golden Gophers.

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 Event 13  Women 3 mtr Diving
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         Meet: M 437.75  3/20/2009 Christina Loukas, Indiana
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Bacon, Sarah           SR Minnesota          380.70     408.60   20  
  2 Vazquez-Montano, Aran  FR UNC                352.50     384.75   17  
  3 Hidalgo, Camryn        SR Georgia Tech       361.50     356.40   16  
  4 Gullstrand, Emma       FR Miami              345.40     355.30   15  
  5 Pineda, Paola          JR Texas              359.30     351.10   14  
  6 Bretscher, Emily       SR Purdue             345.55     345.30   13  
  7 Campbell, Charlye      SR TAMU               347.85     343.30   12  
  8 Knapton, Abigail       SR Nebraska           339.20     342.90   11  
 
                        === Consolation Final ===                        
 
  9 Lavenant, Montserrat   FR LSU                313.75     348.30    9  
 10 Vallee, Mia            SO Miami              331.50     341.70    7  
 11 Gilliland, Tarrin      FR Indiana            327.10     341.30    6  
 12 Schultz, Brooke        JR Arkansas           315.65     334.95    5  
 13 McCool, Ashley         SR Florida            322.65     321.30    4  
 14 Crawford, Mackenzie    SO Ohio St            331.55     316.65    3  
 15 Fowler, Anne           FR Indiana            323.40     312.90    2  
 16 Straub, Kelly          SR Notre Dame         335.15     274.70    1  
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 13                 
 
  1. Virginia                          310   2. NC State                          201
  3. Texas                             200   4. California                        180
  5. Ohio St                         145.5   6. Alabama                           129
  7. Michigan                        125.5   8. Kentucky                          114
  9. Stanford                          112  10. Georgia                           109
 11. UNC                                94  12. Florida                          74.5
 13. Louisville                         71  14. Tennessee                          70
 15. Missouri                           65  16. Texas A&M                          64
 17. Indiana                            55  18. Northwestern                       52
 19. Miami                              42  20. Minnesota                          40
 21. Wisconsin                          39  22. Southern California                38
 23. Virginia Tech                      28  24. Nebraska                           22
 25. Arkansas                           21  26. Arizona                          17.5
 27. Georgia Tech                       16  28. Purdue                             13
 29. Lsu                                 9  30. Houston                             6
 30. San Diego St                        6  32. Notre Dame                          4
 32. Duke                                4  34. Akron                               3