Russell's divers caputured four top three finishes (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The first day of the BYU Diving Invitational ended with Cougar divers going one, two in the women's 1-meter and the men coming just short of doing the same in the 3-meter. The meet featured divers from BYU and Mountain West Conference opponents UNLV and Utah.
Freshmen Kristin Pitt and Angela Nelson continued their strong diving performances of the season by placing first and second on the women's 1-meter springboard, posting scores of 276.5 and 270.45. The two-some finished in the same positions in the prelims on Friday morning.
"I think overall we did really well," Head diving coach Keith Russell said. "I was a little disappointed with the outcome in the 3-meter, but I think we did well."
Senior Scott Randall was in the lead after the prelims on the 3-meter springboard heading into the finals Friday afternoon. The two-time Mountain West Conference Diver led after the first two dives, but was unable to catch defending MWC Champion in the 3-meter Sterling Richards. Randall and teammate Bryce Engstrom finished the competition second and third with scores of 471.15 and 442.80 behind Richards' 497.2.
Day two of the invitational will begin today with women's 3-meter and men's 1-meter prelims at 10 a.m. The finals will follow in the afternoon at 1 p.m. with the platform competition ending the day for the three teams.