Watson Finishes Fourth at Nationals

Brandon Watson finished fourth at Nationals to put BYU in 23rd two days of competition at the NCAA National Championships.

COLUMBUS -- With a fourth-place finish on the 3-meter springboard, BYU sophomore All-American Brandon Watson ended his competition at the men’s swimming and diving NCAA National Championships Saturday.

“We felt really good about Brandon getting All-American in both of his events here at Nationals,” said BYU head coach Tim Powers. “Brandon did great this season and we are so proud of how he represented our men. Keith also did a great job in getting Brandon back in shape to do even better than he did his freshman year.”

Finishing in sixth in the preliminaries (431.15), Watson moved up two places to finish fourth with a final score of 440.05 on the 3-meter. Placing high both on Friday and Saturday, Watson automatically earns first-team All-American honors for both events.

Although given the opportunity to compete in the 5-meter platform event Saturday night instead of Sunday when all the other schools will dive, Watson and the BYU coaching staff decided Watson would not compete in the event.

“The main thing is the NCAA tried as best it could to make this situation as fair as it could for everyone,” said BYU diving coach Keith Russell. “Platform is a little different diving event, though, and there just wasn’t any way to make this fair for everyone and right for everyone. We appreciated that we had the option to dive on a different night. We just decided to concentrate on events Brandon had the best chance to score points in, the 1- and 3-meter events. Although he possibly could have scored on platform.”

Because of the nature of the platform event and how hard it is on the body, Powers also expressed that it was best to keep Watson healthy and free from possible injury.

After the championships conclude Sunday, BYU will find out what overall national ranking it will have acquired because of Watson’s stellar performance on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards.


Event 13 Men 3 mtr Diving

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NCAA Meet: M 493.10 3/27/2009 David Boudia, Purdue

Name Year School Prelims Finals

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A - Final

1 Boudia, David PUR 438.95 494.90M

2 McCrory, Nick DUKE 467.70 459.15

3 Nel, Grant TA&M 435.15 450.50

4 Watson, Brandon BYU 431.15 440.05

5 Horner, Terry FSU 451.75 439.50

6 Grado, Benjamin ARIZ 422.30 432.00

7 Marx, Kelly AUB 417.00 414.85

8 Fleshner, Aaron BAMA 434.35 394.85

B - Final

9 Constantin, Blaha ASU 402.25 457.05

10 Ross, Reuben MIAM 379.60 447.20

11 Destephen, Gregory UMIZ 384.15 433.65

12 Colturi, David PUR 394.10 424.70

13 Jefferson, Ryan OSU 408.55 410.40

14 Wieser, Weston OSU 390.15 384.75

15 Marzullo, Landon FSU 383.35 383.60

16 Cooper, Matthew TEX 377.70 371.35

Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 14

1. California 348.5 2. Texas 330

3. Arizona 269 4. Florida 264

5. Stanford 221 6. Auburn 215.5

7. Michigan 160 8. Virginia 100

9. Ohio State 96.5 10. Georgia 92

11. Southern California 86.5 12. Texas A&M 86

13. Purdue 58 14. Tennessee 56

15. North Carolina 47.5 16. Minnesota 41

16. Kentucky 41 18. Florida State 34.5

19. Duke 32 20. Nevada, Las Vegas 30

21. Cincinnati 29 22. Georgia Tech 28

23. Brigham Young 27 24. Louisville 22

25. Miami 21 26. Missouri 16

27. Louisiana State 14 28. Alabama 11

29. Arizona State 9 30. Northwestern 2

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