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Steele Johnson Wins NCAA 1-Meter Diving National Championship


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After diving in the Olympics this summer and winning a silver medal ont he platform with David Boudia the NCAA meet should be easy for Purdue’s Steele Johnson. Last season he officially took a redshirt to train for the Olympics, but he was back this season in the pool competing for Purdue as a sophomore.

After tonight, he is halfway to Boudia’s school record of 6 NCAA CHampionships.

Johnson competed today in the 1-meter diving finals at the NCAA meet in Indianapolis, his first of three events as he will also do the 3-meter and 10-meter the next two days. He repeated his 1-meter title from 2015 as well, for his third National Championship.

Johnson had a score of 406 in the prelims earlier today to take the No. 1 spot into the finals. In the finals he upped it to a 446.90 to win the title by more than nine points over Michael Hixon from Indiana.

Joseph Cifelli of Purdue was also in the finals and finished sixth. The pair gives Purdue 33 points as a team, good enough for 13th place so far in the team standings.

Johnson will compete tomorrow in the 3-meter prelims and finals, which was the only event he did not win in 2015.