Mizzou competes at Tennessee Diving Invitational

Seth Pollock, 23 Sports

The Mizzou men’s and women’s divers got a chance compete without their swim team counterparts at the Tennessee Diving Invitational from Wednesday January 3rd through Friday January 5th in Knoxville, Tennessee. Missouri was one of eight SEC teams to compete in the meet, along with Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Tennessee. Four non-conference foes, Minnesota, North Carolina State, SMU, and Virginia, also took part.  Over the course of the event three Tigers finished in the top three in their events while six finished in the top eight.

Junior Kyle Goodwin led the way for the Tigers on day one, finishing third in the men’s three meter championship. Seniors Kendra Kieser and Madeline McKernan also earned berths in the finals after strong preliminary performances in the women’s one meter.

Goodwin was again the top performer for the Tigers on day two, again picking up a third place finish. This time he finished the men’s one meter with a score of 348.35. No one else qualified past the prelims for Missouri.

On day three, Madeline McKernan gave the Tigers their third top three finish of the event. She finished with a score of 253.6 in the women’s platform, only 0.7 points out of second place. Alexa Beckwith, Kendra Kieser, and Payton Conrad finished 6th, 7th, and 8th in the event, giving Mizzou four of the top eight finishers.

The Tigers diving team will now join the swim team for the January 6th match at Texas A&M. The next diving only event for Mizzou will be March 5th-7th at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in Minneapolis.