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Friday, September 29, 2023


Podzniakova repeats as 1-meter champion

UH divers Anastasia Podzniakova and Lacey Truelove competed in the NCAA Championships this weekend at Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., and, as has been the case for much of the season, came away with impressive showings.

Podzniakova turned in a repeat performance of last year’s 1- and 3-meter diving events. Podzniakova won the 1-meter diving event and finished second in the 3-meter, as she did in 2009.

“It was a pretty close competition and the girls were much better this year than they were last year,” Podzniakova said in a release. “It was so awesome to win.”

Podzniakova won the 1-meter event with a score of 356.20. With the win, Podzniakova became a two time 1-meter champion in her illustrious career.

Podzniakova won the 3-meter diving event in the Conference USA Championships and the NCAA Zone Diving events, but she wasn’t able to complete her early-season goal of winning the NCAA 3-meter event. Podzniakova finished second with a score of 406.45. Podzniakova finished behind Minnesota’s Kelci Bryant who won the event with a score of 415.50.

Truelove competed in the final of the 3-meter event as well as in the platform final for the Cougars. Truelove finished a mere 13th in the 3-meter event, but she set a career-high with a 323.25 score.

In the platform event, Truelove placed seventh with a score of 256.45.

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