ORLANDO, Fla. – Just days before heading to Durham to begin their collegiate diving careers, incoming freshmen Lizzie Fitzpatrick and Mackenzie Willborn competed at the AT&T National Diving Championships, held this past week at the YMCA Aquatic and Family Center in Orlando. They were joined at the national meet by rising sophomore MaryEllen Targonski, who qualified to dive in the senior women’s platform event.
Fitzpatrick, who hails from Darien, Conn., earned a top-five finish in the 16-18 girls 1-meter final with a total score of 423.60 points. She garnered an award of 247.55 total points in the final after closing the round with a score of 54.60 on a forward 2 ½ somersault.
Fitzpatrick also reached the semifinals of the 16-18 girls 3-meter competition and the senior women’s 3-meter event, in addition to competing in the senior women’s 1-meter preliminaries.
A member of the USA Diving Junior Elite Squad and a platform medalist at the YMCA nationals, junior zones and junior nationals, Fitzpatrick will join the Duke program from Greenwich Academy and the Marlins Dive Club.
A native of Flower Mound, Texas, Willborn collected her highest finish of the meet in the 16-18 girls 3-meter springboard event, taking third overall. Her highest-scoring dive of the final came on a forward 2 ½ somersault with one twist in the opening round, which was awarded 64.50 points. She totaled 294.85 points in the final and 495.40 points overall in the third-place finish.
Willborn turned in another strong 3-meter performance in the senior women’s event, placing 10th in the final with a score of 248.55 points. She competed in the preliminaries of the senior women’s 1-meter competition as well as logging a seventh-place showing in the 16-18 girls 1-meter final (410.70) and a 10th-place performance in the 16-18 girls platform competition (353.75).
Willborn, who completed her prep career at Edward S. Marcus in Flower Mound, is a member of the GC Diving club team. She is a 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier and has previously represented the U.S. at the 2014 FINA Junior World Championships in Penza, Russia. Willborn is also a summer and winter nationals finalist on the 3-meter board.
Duke’s top performer on the 1-meter board and the platform as a freshman last season, Targonski was in action in the senior women’s platform event. She finished 27th in the preliminaries with a score of 147.90. Targonski qualified for the national meet after taking third on the platform at the USA Diving National Preliminary Zone A Championships earlier in the year.