First-Year Crowned NCAA Diving Champ

First-Year Crowned NCAA Diving Champ

On March 18, Maura Sticco-Ivins ’18 may have been far from Wellesley, in Shenandoah, Texas. But thanks to a live-stream broadcast, many eyes on campus were on her each time she stepped onto the 3-meter diving board at the CISD Natatorium, representing the Blue at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. After each dive, Sticco-Ivins said, her phone came alive with texts from campus. “Great job,” the fans back home would say. When the 11 dives of the first round were finished, she was in first place. Sticco-Ivins emerged from the six-dive final round as the national champion, with a score of 500.35, also earning All-American Honors. “This is way beyond what I thought I could do this year. I’m so pumped,” she told an NCAA reporter. In the 1-meter diving competition, Sticco-Ivins was the national runner-up.

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