Three divers make U.S. na­tional fi­nals

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Amer­i­can-States­man staff

Three Longhorns qual­i­fied for fi­nals at the USA Div­ing Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Colum­bus, Ohio, on Thurs­day. Alison Gib­son and Meghan O’Brien ad­vanced to the 3-me­ter spring­board fi­nal and Ja­cob Cor­nish will com­pete in the plat­form fi­nal.

Gib­son, who al­ready won the 1-me­ter ti­tle, had the sec­ond-best qual­i­fy­ing score in the 3-me­ter with 278.00 points. O’Brien took ninth in the semi­fi­nal with 239.90 points. The fi­nal is Satur­day.

Cor­nish fin­ished fourth in the plat­form semi­fi­nals, scor­ing 359.30 points. He’ll dive in the fi­nal Satur­day.

Friday, Grayson Camp­bell will try to add a 3-me­ter ti­tle to his 1-me­ter cham­pi­onship from ear­lier in the week.

Former Longhorn and 2000 Olympic gold medal­ist Laura Wilkin­son will also com­pete Friday in the women’s plat­form fi­nal, which will air on NBCSN at 8 p.m.

Men’s golf: The Longhorns will have five rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Cal­i­for­nia at the U.S. Am­a­teur at The Riviera Coun­try Club and Be­lAir Coun­try Club, be­gin­ning Mon­day.

Se­niors Doug Ghim and Scot­tie Sch­ef­fler will join ju­nior Steven Cher­vony, sopho­more Spencer Soos­man and fresh­man Kristof­fer Rei­tan at the event.

Sch­ef­fler, Ghim and Rei­tan are ranked by the World Am­a­teur Golf Rank­ings, which au­to­mat­i­cally qual­i­fied them for the event. Soos­man and Cher­vony won qual­i­fiers in July — Soos­man at An­dover Coun­try Club and Cher­vony at Sea­gate Coun­try Club.

The Riviera Coun­try Club, site of the Longhorns’ 2012 na­tional cham­pi­onship win, is in Pa­cific Pal­isades, Calif. The co-host, Bel-Air Coun­try Club, is in Los An­ge­les.

There will be two rounds of stroke play at both cour­ses to de­ter­mine the 64 play­ers who will ad­vance to match play at Riviera be­gin­ning Wed­nes­day.

The event will be tele­vised on FS1 and Fox.

Soc­cer: Texas ranks eighth in the Big 12 pre­sea­son poll. West Vir­ginia was voted No. 1 with 81 points. Kansas was sec­ond with 71 points, in­clud­ing a first-place vote, and Ok­la­homa rounded out the top three. Texas re­ceived 32 points. The re­turn­ing 18 let­ter win­ners for the Longhorns com­bined to score 21 goals and reg­is­ter 12 as­sists as Texas fin­ished 8-9-1 last sea­son.

For­wards Alexa Adams, Mikayla Flores and Cy­era Hintzen are re­turn­ing af­ter com­bin­ing for 10 goals last sea­son. Also re­turn­ing are for­ward Olivia Brook and mid­fielder Katie Glenn; each scored three goals last sea­son.

CON­TRIB­UTED

“To the coaches, ath­letes, staff and ath­letic di­rec­tors, our ex­pe­ri­ences to­gether over these many years have cre­ated a life­time of won­der­ful mem­o­ries,” says retiring broad­caster Dave South.

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