Wildcats Head to Pac-12 Diving Championships

Wildcats Head to Pac-12 Diving Championships

– The Arizona diving team will head to Federal Way, Washington to compete at the Pac-12 Diving Championships starting Wed. Feb. 25th to Sat. Feb. 28th. The meet will be aired on the Pac-12 Network beginning Feb. 27 – Mar. 1 at 8 a.m. MST featuring the previous day's action. The Wildcats are coming off of a win over Arizona State in addition to their success at USA Diving Nationals and the Wildcat Invitational.

Against Arizona State, the women went 1-2-3 in the 1-meter. Samantha Pickens took first with 293.63 followed by teammates Sally Hackett (281.93) and Michal Bower (280.13). In the 3-meter, Pickens finished first with a score of 320.18 while Hackett came in second with 318.68.

The men also finished strong with Rafael Quintero placing first in the 1-meter with a score of 369.90 while teammate Carter Craft took second with 308.10. In the 3-meter, the men went 1-2-3. Quintero won with 395.78, Dominic Ricotta came in second (356.55) and Craft finished third (315.30).

Earlier in the season, Pickens, Bower, Quintero and Ricotta all competed at USA Diving Nationals. Pickens earned a national title in the 1-meter taking first with a score of 566.35 over Stanford's Ariel Rittenhouse (563.90). Pickens also finished sixth in the 3-meter final with 852.40.

On the men's platform, both Quintero and Ricotta made it to the event final. Quintero finished fourth overall with a score of 1234.60 while Ricotta finished 13th in the final with 986.70.

At the Wildcat Diving Invitational, the women swept the podium in the 3-meter, with Pickens taking first with a score of 359.35, Bower taking second with 295.10 and Hackett finishing third at 283.40. The women swept the podium again in the 3-meter with Pickens in first (331.45). Hackett finished second with 283.45 followed by Bower in third scoring 279.35. On the platform, Hackett finished first with a score of 235.60 while teammates Izzy Diamond took third (217.35) and Karolyn Loftus tied for fifth (216.70).

For the men, Quintero earned a victory in the 1-meter with a score of 356.10. Ricotta finished third and Craft took fourth with scores of 319.00 and 318.65, respectively. The men also swept the podium in the 3-meter with Ricotta in the top spot scoring 376.55. Quintero finished second with 375.95 and Craft took third with 329.70. Ricotta went on to take first in his platform event with a score of 327.90, earning a 100-point victory in the event over Lucas James.