ATHENS, Ga.- Juniors Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) and Bryce Shelton (Vienna, Va.) led the Virginia men’s and women’s diving teams on Saturday (Jan. 5) at the Georgia Diving Invitational at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.
Shelton paced the Cavaliers on the men’s 3m board, capturing a sixth-place finish with a score of 352.65. Dusel led the women’s team on the 1m board, recording a 10th-place finish and a score of 262.70. She advanced to the finals after finishing fourth in the preliminary rounds with a score of 283.95.
“This time of year is all about preparation for the championship season,” said head diving coach Drew Livingston. “As a team, we’re learning what it takes to be good at the biggest meets. We did a better job across the board today with regards to how we approach competition.
“Bryce (Shelton) bounced back after a tough day yesterday to get himself in the mix today. He’s got a lot left in the tank for February and March, but he did great today for where we’re at in training. Sydney (Dusel) had a really solid prelim list after a great 3-meter event yesterday. Unfortunately, finals didn’t go as well as she would have hoped. However, that’s the great thing about having a meet like this in January, she gets opportunity to learn from this and bounce back stronger when it’s time to compete for the team in February.”
Senior Kylie Towbin (New Canaan, Conn.) placed 13th on the women’s 1m board, capturing a score of 252.15. Sophomore Jocelyn Porter (Cornelius, N.C.) finished 30th with 221.65 points, while freshman Emma Bulger (Reston, Va.) finished 34th with 207.50 points and redshirt sophomore Bailey Mills (Evergreen, Colo.) finished 45th with 160.95 points.
Also competing in the men’s 3m dive, freshman Walker Creedon (Cary, N.C.) captured a score of 295.10 to place 16th in the event, while sophomore Tristan Gess (Lakewood, Colo.) captured a score of 255.70 to finish 23rd.
Virginia will conclude action at the Georgia Diving Invitational tomorrow with both the men’s and women’s platform beginning at 10 a.m.