Louisville and Notre Dame Split BIG EAST Diving Titles

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the second day of diving action at the BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships, Louisville sophomore Hannah Gadd and Notre Dame senior Nathan Geary won the women's 1-meter board and men's 3-meter board events, respectively. After the day's competition, the BIG EAST year-end awards were announced with UofL and ND sharing the spotlight once again. The Cardinals swept the women's side as Gadd was named the BIG EAST Women's Most Outstanding Diver and Mike Zehnder took home Women's BIG EAST Diving Coach of the Year honors. Notre Dame was tops for the men as senior Eric Lex was selected the BIG EAST Men's Most Outstanding Diver of the Year and Caiming Xie was chosen the Men's BIG EAST Diving Coach of the Year. Gadd, Zehnder and Xie were also the 2010 recipients of their respective awards. Gadd posted a championship record in the women's 1-meter dive with a score of 329.95. The previous record was 309.20 set by Notre Dame's Meghan Perry-Eaton in 2003. The Irish claimed second and third-places as sophomore Jennifer Chiang and senior Heidi Grossman had scores of 301.60 and 297.70, respectively. On the men's side, Geary recorded a score of 369.10 to earn the men's 3-meter BIG EAST crown. Pittsburgh senior Collin Forner came in second-place with a score of 368.00, while ND senior Wesley Villaflor followed in third with a 343.60. The diving portion of the BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships wraps up at the Ralph R. Wright Natatorium on the University of Louisville campus Sunday, Feb. 13 with platform diving. The swimming portion takes place Feb. 16-19. 2011 BIG EAST Men's Most Outstanding Diver Eric Lex, Notre Dame, Sr. 2011 BIG EAST Women's Most Outstanding Diver Hannah Gadd, Louisville, So. 2011 Men's BIG EAST Diving Coach of the Year Caiming Xie, Notre Dame 2011 Women's BIG EAST Diving Coach of the Year Mike Zehnder, Louisville Men's 3-Meter Diving Final Results Place Name Team Score Points 1 Nathan Geary Notre Dame 369.10 20.0 2 Collin Forner Pittsburgh 368.00 17.0 3 Wesley Villaflor Notre Dame 343.60 16.0 4 Eric Lex Notre Dame 338.10 15.0 5 Cameron Dehn Louisville 324.60 14.0 6 Zane McLain Pittsburgh 320.45 13.0 7 Matt O'Neill West Virginia 315.70 12.0 8 David Zamkov Louisville 286.15 11.0 Women's 1-Meter Diving Final Results Place Name Team Score Points 1 Hannah Gadd Louisville 329.95 20.0 2 Jennifer Chiang Notre Dame 301.60 17.0 3 Heidi Grossman Notre Dame 297.70 16.0 4 Danielle Cecco Connecticut 276.00 15.0 5 Brittany Teneyck Cincinnati 274.65 14.0 6 Katherine Kearney Rutgers 257.25 13.0 7 Mallory Mullady Pittsburgh 253.50 12.0 8 Morgan Speece Pittsburgh 229.35 11.0 Men's Team Standings Rank Team Score 1 Notre Dame 127 2 Pittsburgh 95 3 Louisville 53 4 West Virginia 27 5 Connecticut 6 T6 Georgetown 1 T6 Providence 1 T8 Cincinnati 0 T8 Rutgers 0 T8 Seton Hall 0 T8 Villanova 0 Women's Team Standings Rank Team Score 1 Notre Dame 68 2 Louisville 65 3 Pittsburgh 52 4 Rutgers 49 5 Connecticut 33 6 Cincinnati 32 7 Georgetown 6 8 Seton Hall 3 9 Villanova 2 T10 Providence 0 T10 West Virginia 0