Kendall Hollimon Finishes Third in Three-Meter Dive at NCAA Championships

Kendall Hollimon added to his illustrious resume with the Stags by finishing third in the three-meter dive
Kendall Hollimon added to his illustrious resume with the Stags by finishing third in the three-meter dive

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Junior Kendall Hollimon challenged for the national title in the three-meter dive, but ended up in a close third place at the NCAA Division III Championships to earn first-team All-America honors for the third year in a row, on Saturday evening at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Hollimon finished fourth in the three-meter dive the last two years, and moved up one spot this year to third to earn first-team All-America distinction for the third time. He also earned first-team honors in the one-meter dive last year, but settled for honorable mention All-America honors in the one-meter this year on Thursday. 

In this year's three-meter competition, Hollimon was in the mix for the national championship right up until the final dive, but ended up just 4.8 points behind the winner, Jay Lang of MIT. Lang earned 552.65 points, Dylan Glumac-Berberich of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was second with 551.55 points, and Hollimon was third with a total of 547.85 points, which was a healthy 12 points clear of fourth place (Heath Ogawa of Lake Forest with 535.75 points). 

Hollimon closed strong, earning a 7.5 average score on his ninth and tenth dives (out of 11) and then earning four eights out of the seven judges' scores on his final dive. However, the gap was a little too large to catch Lang, who was steady the whole way through, averaging a 7.06 on his dives in the finals to finish in first place. 

Sophomore Marco Conati was also in action on Saturday after earning All-America honors in the 100-yard butterfly on Thursday (fourth place), closing out the NCAA Championships in the 100-yard freestyle. Despite being his third best event (behind the butterfly and the 50 free), Conati had a great effort at qualifying for the evening session, before settling for 22nd place with a time of 45.25 (.29 faster than his top time of the year coming in).  

Hollimon and Conati lifted CMS to a 22nd place finish in the team standings with 34 points. Hollimon earned 16 points for his third-place finish in the three-meter dive and three points for his 14th place finish in the one-meter, while Conati earned 15 points for his fourth-place finish in the 100 fly.