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Sarah Bacon Wins NCAA 1-Meter Diving Championship

She becomes the second Gopher ever to win the event!

Minnesota Golden Gophers sophomore Sarah Bacon won the NCAA 1-meter diving Championship on Thursday. She becomes the second Gopher to ever win the event and the fifth Gopher NCAA Diving Champion in the last eight years.

A sophomore from Indianapolis, Bacon was in a back and forth race for the top spot with Julia Vincent from South Carolina. Bacon had the final dive in the the final rotation and scored a 55.90 to win the title with a final score of 343.50. Vincent finished in second with 333.50.

“I was just really consistent all the way through the event,” said Bacon. “My coach [Wenbo Chen] is great, my teammates are great and being able to stand on the board with your teammates behind you cheering for you before every dive just really helped me stay calm.”

Chen is one of the best diving coaches in the country and has coached several National champions while at Minnesota. He also was the director of the US Diving Team from 2005-2009 and coached former Gopher Kelci Bryant to the 2012 Olympic silver medal in synchronized diving.

Additionally, the Gophers 400 medley relay team of Tevyn Waddell, Lindsey Kozelsky, Danielle Nack and Zoe Avestruz set their second school record in a day and finished fifth with a time of 3:28:34. The fifth place finish ties the school record for the best finish in school history and earned the team All-American honors.

The NCAA Swimming and Diving Meet continues Friday and Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.