Williamsville North graduate Casey Matthews won the 3-meter diving national title Friday at the NCAA Championships, earning All-America honors for the Purdue women’s swimming and diving team.
Matthews is the first national champion for the Purdue women’s program.
She placed first among a field of 39 divers in the afternoon preliminaries with a score of 374.15. She had the advantage of diving last among the eight finalists in the evening competition, scoring 67.50 on her final dive (an inward 2½ somersault tuck) to overtake Arizona State’s Hailey Casper. She broke her own 3-meter springboard program record with a finals score of 386.55.
• UB’s Mallory Morrell earned All-America honors as she finished fifth in the consolation final of the 50-yard freestyle.
Morrell touched in 22.46 seconds, placing 13th in the overall standings as she earned four team points for the Bulls. Morrell became UB’s first All-America since diver Meili Carpenter earned the honor at the 2010 championship meet.
Brittney Kuras posted her fastest time of the season in the 200-yard freestyle preliminaries on Friday. Kuras and Morrell will compete in the 100-yard freestyle in today’s preliminaries at 11 a.m. with the championship finals at 7 p.m.
• At the NCAA Wrestling Championships, John-Martin Cannon’s hopes of bringing a national title to the University at Buffalo ended on Friday as the 174-pound senior was eliminated.
Cannon went 1-1 for the day, pulling out an overtime win in his first match before bowing in the second. He finishes his UB career with 84 wins, good for 15th in the program’s history. He also had 135 career takedowns, which ranks No. 4 in history.
In the first match he decisioned Bryce Hammond of California State Bakersfield in overtime.
His next contest was a rematch against Ohio’s Cody Walters, who beat Cannon in the championship round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Cannon was unable to pull it out, and lost, 3-1.