• Divers prep for Texas Diving Invitational

    The Longhorn men’s diving season heats up as the team competes in the Texas Diving Invitational on Thursday.

    The meet will give Texas a tuneup before upcoming national meets in December. 

    “Well it’s a great opportunity to have an invite this close to a U.S. Nationals which is a real important event for us,” head coach Matt Scoggin said. “It’s a great dress rehearsal opportunity to dive against some of the best divers in the country.”

    Senior Mark Anderson, the two-time reigning Big 12 Diver of the Year — more recently the Big 12 Men’s Diver of the Week — looks to lead his team against a very competitive field in Austin. The Longhorns will face a slew of schools near the top of the Pac-12 rankings in Arizona, Arizona State and California.

    The divers will compete in preliminary rounds before diving in the finals later in the day. They will compete in the one-meter on Thursday, three-meter on Friday and the platform dive on Saturday. The meet marks the first time the divers will enter their meet fresh after lessening their weight-lifting routines. 

    “They’ve been diving tired at all the meets,” Scoggin said. “You want some pep in your step so that [you can make] dives that maybe are difficult to make on a daily basis in practice.”

    Sophomore Meghan O’Brien, the reigning Big 12 Women’s Diver of the Week, and freshman Alison Gibson will lead Texas’ women. So far this year, O’Brien and Gibson have combined to win seven of the twelve possible diving events this season. Gibson, an Austin native, placed sixth at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials in June.

    The Longhorns begin competition on Thursday at 11 a.m. and wrap up with the final round on Saturday.