BUFFALO, N.Y.– Redshirt junior Olivia Dillon won the 1-meter dive event at the 2019 Buffalo Diving Invitational on Friday afternoon (Jan. 11). Dillon's performances today qualified her for the 2019 NCAA Diving Zones in March.
In the finals, Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.) entered the finals as the top qualifier after finishing the preliminaries with a final score of 265.85, helping her finish 7.20 points above the second-place finisher. It was Dillon's score in the preliminaries that helped qualifier her for NCAA Diving Zones. Then, as the lone Bobcat in the finals, Dillon dominated the competition, scoring 264.50, finishing 13.35 points ahead of the next diver, helping her cement the first-place victory.
The Bobcats had three other divers competing in the 1-meter event. Senior Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio) finished the preliminaries in ninth-place with a 234.65. Freshman Taylor Miller (Latrobe, Pa.) finished the prelims with a 229.40, finishing in 10th place, while sophomore Abigail Jordan (West Chester, Ohio) placed 21st with a total score of 132.40.
The 2019 Buffalo Diving Invitational continues on Saturday, Jan. 12 with the Women's 3-Meter Event. The Women's Platform competition will wrap up the event on Sunday, Jan. 13. Preliminary rounds for the final two days will begin at 11 a.m. with the finals to begin after. Fans can find results here.