BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — St. Cloud State senior diver Luke Weber took home the Division II 3-meter diving championship Wednesday night at the national championships.
Weber finished with a score of 563.80. His final dive that earned him 71.40 points clinched the title. It was Weber’s seventh All-American honor.
“This was a great feeling for me and my family. I had nine family members down here to watch it. It’s an unexplainable feeling. It’s a relief. I’ve been diving for 10 years,” Weber said.
“I wasn’t watching the scores. My coach (Tracy Torgerson) told me to have no regrets so I did the most difficult dive to finish. I didn’t want to hold back. It turned out to be the right decision.”
Torgerson said Weber went with an inward 3.5 tuck dive, which had never been attempted at the D-II national meet.
“He and the diver who finished second were going back and forth the whole time,” Torgerson said. “The other guy did a very high degree of difficulty dive. Luke had been training hard on this dive. He had to do it to keep up. I told him that he should try it so he didn’t have any regrets. He knew he could do it. He didn’t want to play it safe. It turned out to be enough.
“Luke fought the whole time. You could tell he wanted it bad and would do anything in his power to get the title. It couldn’t have gone better for him.”
SCSU senior diver Chris White took sixth place (522.65 points) to earn All-American honors. White won the 3-meter dive last year and also has seven All-American nods.
Both White and Weber will compete in the 1-meter dive on Friday. White won the national title on the 1-meter dive last year. Weber’s hoping he can accomplish a clean sweep on the boards.
“I think there’s a chance. I know it’s a relief to get the 3-meter out of the way,” Weber said. “I relax more when I’m on the 1-meter. I’m expecting it to be competitive again. I’m excited for it and I know Chris is.”
SCSU sophomore Alex Bryson took sixth in the 1,000 freestyle (9:14.15). His time set a school record and also earned him All-American status.
On the women’s side for the Huskies, the 200 medley relay team took eighth (1:43.92) to earn All-American honors. The team consisted of Erin Hart, Abby Rasmussen, Steph Crandall and Kelsey Leeson.
Other finishes today for the Huskies included a 21st place finish for Kellyn Craig in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:06.62.
Three women swam the 50 free with Crandall placing 20th in a time of 23.72. Ali Domeier finished in 44th with a time of 24.14 and Leeson was 47th in 24.18.