Kentucky diving will venture on its own Wednesday, as it travels north toward Oxford, Ohio, to compete in the 25th annual Miami Invitational, hosted by Miami University from Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
Five divers will join the 10-team field, which includes hosts Miami (OH), Ball State, California-Davis, Cincinnati, France Diving, Guangdong, IUPUI, Tiffin and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The invitational will take place inside the Nixon Aquatic Center.
Kentucky’s traveling roster includes senior Kailey Francetic, freshman Kyndal Knight, sophomore Cara Hudson, sophomore Chase Lane and senior Seb Masterton.
“We are looking forward to competing this week,” said head diving coach Ted Hautau. “There are a number of world-class divers competing, including the French National Team and China’s Guangdong Provincial Team. It will be a great test for us, and we hope to place some divers in the finals each day.”
The Miami Invitational will mark the second appearance for Masterton this fall. The senior from Reading, England, sustained an injury for most of the fall slate, but made a successful return in the Ohio State Invitational, earning Zone C Diving Championship qualifying marks in each of the three disciplines.
After being named Southeastern Conference Female Diver of the Week last week for her performances in the Ohio State Invitational, freshman Knight will return to the stage in the Miami Invitational. She carded qualifying scores in each of the three disciplines in Columbus, Ohio, but like Masterton, she will compete against fresh talent this weekend.
Junior Lane only saw action on platform in the Ohio State Invitational, which secured his third and final qualifying mark for the zone diving championships. He checked a couple boxes early in the season, earning good-enough scores on the 1- and 3-meter springboard at the home meet vs. LSU in October.
Senior Francetic owns a ticket to the zone championships on the 1-meter springboard, and will hunt for one more qualifying mark this weekend on the 3-meter springboard. Sophomore Hudson will look to book her first reservation to the zone championships in the Miami Invitational.
Live results will be available at sidearmstats.com/miamiohio/swimming/index.htm.
2019 DIVISION I MEN’S DIVING QUALIFYING STANDARDS
1-Meter Diving – 300 points
3-Meter Diving – 320 points
Platform Diving – 300 points
2019 DIVISION I WOMEN’S DIVING QUALIFYING STANDARDS
1-Meter Diving – 265 points
3-Meter Diving – 280 points
Platform Diving – 225 points
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