Divers Travel to Texas Invitational

The Cougar divers are headed to compete in the Texas Invitational this weekend. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

AUSTIN -- The BYU women's diving team jumps back in the water this weekend to compete in the Texas Invitational hosted by the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. The festivities begin on Thursday and conclude Saturday.

Some of the best teams in the country will be in action this weekend with the Cougars. The women's teams from No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Arizona, No. 12 SMU, No. 16 Texas, No. 17 Arizona State, No. 19 Wisconsin, Nebraska, TCU and UNLV will be in action at the same time.

"We know what we have to do to compete at this big meet, we just need to make sure we execute on those things," BYU coach Keith Russell said. "We should have some good competition. It should be very similar to the level of competition that is at the NCAA qualifying. I expect things to go well."

The Texas Invitational will include all three diving events. The first event Thursday will be the 1-meter for the men and the 3-meter for the women. Friday will see the men jump from the 3-meter and the women from the 1-meter, and Saturday both men and women will dive from the platform.

Both Thursday and Friday will have a preliminary round of diving that will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the finals beginning at 5:15 p.m. each of those days. Saturday's platform diving will only have one session beginning at 12:30 p.m.

The Cougars will be led this weekend by Angela Nelson and Tawni Jones for the women, who each have top scores for their team. Nelson's 1-meter (272.40) and 3-meter (295.90) dives are the best by a BYU women's diver, while Tawni Jones' platform score of 200.18 is a team season best.