INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Junior diver Nick McCrory collected his second All-America honors in as many days Friday, earning a runner-up finish in the 3-meter springboard championship final on the second day of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
Already a two-time All-American at the 3-meter height, McCrory followed up a second-place showing Thursday in the 1-meter competition by advancing to his second championship final of the NCAA meet. The Chapel Hill, N.C., native scored 405.30 points in Friday morning’s 3-meter preliminary round to come in fifth, qualifying him for the evening final.
Midway through his finals list, McCrory led the field and held an eight-point advantage over 1-meter champion Kristian Ipsen of Stanford in second place. He then received an award of 98.00 on an impressive reverse 3 ½ somersault in the tuck position to increase his margin over Ipsen to 16 points.
McCrory garnered 100.80 points over his final two dives to bring his total score to 440.40, just 10.20 points behind Ipsen, who captured his second NCAA title of the meet with a final score of 450.60. Darian Schmidt of Indiana took third at 425.50.
“Obviously I wanted to perform better, but my 3-meter list is in a good place right now,” McCrory said. “I have worked very hard to become more of a springboard specialist this year and I’m pleased with how I’ve progressed in this regard, but I believe there is still a lot more room for me to improve.”
The second-place performance matched McCrory’s runner-up finish on the 3-meter board at the 2010 NCAA Championships. He is now an eight-time All-American across the three diving disciplines with one event remaining Saturday – the 10-meter platform – where he has captured two NCAA titles.
“We saw a glimpse of Nick’s future as a springboard diver today,” said diving coach Drew Johansen. “His first four dives were spectacular. They were equal to anything seen done anywhere in the world. He didn’t quite finish the last two but it’s part of the learning process he’s going through right now in figuring out how to compete on springboard.”
Friday’s 3-meter preliminaries saw senior Jordan Long conclude his Duke career on a high note, as the Grosse Pointe, Mich., native finished 30th in the nation. Long compiled a score of 307.65, with his highest-scoring dive of the day coming in the third round on a forward 3 ½ somersault in the pike position, which received 66.65 points from the judges.
"This was one of the most incredible experiences I've had," Long said. "Being around all that energy was amazing and even though I would have liked to perform better yesterday and today I'm happy and proud of my entire diving career."
Long rounds out his career after making his first appearance at the NCAA Championships meet this year. A three-time Atlantic Coast Conference championship finalist at the 3-meter height, Long won the 3-meter competition earlier this season at the Nike Cup Invitational and took third in the event at last month’s NCAA Zone B Diving Championships.
“This was a great week for Jordan and a great end to his career,” Johansen said. “It was his first time on this stage and after his first couple of dives he started figuring it out. His last dive tonight was one of his highest-scoring dives and it was a great way to end.”
With the 17 points earned by McCrory in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events, Duke is now 21st in the team standings with 34 points heading into the final day of competition.
The 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships wrap up Saturday, March 29 in Indianapolis, with McCrory set to compete in his best event, the 10-meter platform. Trials begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, while the finals session will be aired live on ESPN3 beginning at 7 p.m. Live results for diving will be available throughout the day at www.divemeets.com.
Schedule of Events - Saturday, March 30 Trials – 11 a.m. EST 16. 200-yard Backstroke 17. 100-yard Freestyle 18. 200-yard Breaststroke 19. 200-yard Butterfly 20-minute intermission 21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay 20. Platform Diving—Trials* 15. 1,650-yard Freestyle—All but last heat of time finals
Finals -7 p.m. EST 15. 1,650-yard Freestyle—Last heat of time finals 16. 200-yard Backstroke 17. 100-yard Freestyle 18. 200-yard Breaststroke 19. 200-yard Butterfly 20. Platform Diving—Finals* 21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay
[Note 1: A consolation final immediately shall precede the championship final for each event except the 1,650-yard freestyle and diving events. Eight lanes will be used in all swimming events.]
[Note 2: The 1,650-yard freestyle event will begin at approximately 4:45 p.m., with the last heat of the preliminaries to end at approximately 6 p.m.]
[Note 3: Preliminaries for both men and women will begin at 11 a.m. Finals for both men and women will start at 7 p.m.]
[Note 4: Awards ceremonies will be held immediately after the championship final of that given event.]
[*Note 5: For a detailed schedule of diving, refer to Rule 6-2-2.]
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