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Divers continue hot start at zone championships


IU junior Michael Hixon prepares for his round two dive at the NCAA Diving Zone C Championships. Hixon was one of five divers from IU to compete at this event. Katie Franke and Katie Franke Buy Photos

The IU men’s and women’s diving teams qualified four more divers for the NCAA Championships on Friday at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.

Junior Michael Hixon and sophomore James Connor continued their championship runs in the 3-meter dive. Connor took first in the event with a 12-dive score of 867.60, while Hixon was second with a score of 840.20.

Cody Coldren finished 10th in the event. After finishing in the top 12 of the both the 1- and 3-meter dives, the junior just needs to finish in the top-seven of the 10-meter platform dive tomorrow to qualify for all three events for the NCAAs.

On the women’s side, Jessica Parratto and Michal Bower both qualified for NCAAs in the 1-meter dive. Parratto finished third with a score of 611.95 while Bower was 11th with 539.30.

Competition will conclude Saturday as both the men and women will compete in the 10-meter platform dive. Diving will begin at 11 a.m.

Ben Portnoy

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