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Dive teams flop against Division II opponents

The Chapman men’s and women’s dive teams competed in the Redland’s Bulldog Diving Invitational Friday night. NCAA Division II and III teams competed in the invitational.

For senior Jamie Ricklin, competing against Division II teams gives the team a challenge.

“It’s definitely challenging diving against people who train harder and who compete higher difficulty dives than we do,” Ricklin said. “Honestly, I enjoy it because it helps push me to try harder dives.”

In the men’s one-meter final, senior Austin DeVone, the only diver representing Chapman, finished last with a score of 91.10. First place went to Division II University of California, San Diego’s Adam Springer who scored 263.35.

“We compete against teams above us and who aren’t in our division to help push us,” DeVone said. “But it doesn’t count toward playoffs.”

This works in Chapman’s favor, as the Panthers currently sit in last place in the men’s Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) with zero dual points and one SCIAC Championship.

In the men’s three-meter dive, DeVone scored 116.70, which put him in last place. UC San Diego had the top two divers in this event.

“This meet, with better divers, is a step we take to help us improve,” DeVone said.

In the women’s one-meter dive, Kayla Dimenico placed sixth with a score of 187.65. In 14th, Darcy Hardwick scored 153.35. Right behind her was Ricklin with a score of 140.35. The top divers in this meet were both from Azuza Pacific and had scores upward of 200.

The women’s three-meter dive went differently for the Panthers. Following Azuza’s Kiana Mourer, who placed first both events, was Dimenico with a score of 227.25. Hardwick placed 11th with a score of 135.90. Ricklin finished 13th with a score of 118.70.

In the women’s SCIAC standings, the Panthers currently sit in sixth with three dual points and three SCIAC Championship points. The team sits just behind Whittier, who has three dual points and six SCIAC Championship points.

In such a unique meet, Ricklin said it is hard to pick out one team as a main competitor.

“I think it’s the different people within our conference rather than the specific teams,” Ricklin said. “For the boys, I would say that the divers from La Verne are the ones to beat and for the girls, probably the Whittier divers.”

Regardless, the Panthers have focused on what is necessary to have high scores.

“Each person has someone that they want to try and top,” Ricklin said.

Chapman swim and dive has its next conference event Dec. 6th at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Occidental.

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