Men’s and Women’s Diving Begins New Year at Wally Nakamoto Hawai’i Diving Invitational

Men’s and Women’s Diving Begins New Year at Wally Nakamoto Hawai’i Diving Invitational

Luke Martinez and the Crimson compete at Hawai'i Thursday and Friday (Harvard Athletics).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard's men's and women's diving squads will be in action for the first time since the first weekend of December when it takes to the boards at the Wally Nakamoto Hawai'i Diving Invitational Jan. 7-8.

Wally Nakamoto Hawai'i Diving Invitational
Formerly named the Hawai'i Diving Invitational, UH officially changed the event title to honor the late Wally Nakamoto, who served as head diving coach for 30 years and passed away last year. Competing at this year's event will be: Wisconsin, Harvard, Columbia, Hawai'i, Nevada, North Carolina and Nebraska.

On Thursday, Jan. 7, the invite will open with the men's one-meter event at 3:00 p.m. EST, followed by the women's three-meter at 5 p.m. and the men's platform at 8:00 p.m.
On Friday, Jan. 8, day two will kick off with the women's one-meter at 3:00 p.m. EST, followed by the men's three-meter at 5:30 p.m., and the women's platform at 7:00 p.m.

Last Time Out
Harvard's divers concluded the 2015 portion of its schedule at the UGA Invitational Dec. 4-6. Sophomore Jing Leung highlighted a successful trip, taking the top spot in the women's platform event with a score of 268.55. The women also placed a trio of competitors in the top-10 in the one- and three-meter dives. Leung led the way in the three-meter, placing third with a 316.55 mark.  Teammates Mikaela Thompson and Elina Leiviskä also earned top-10 finishes, taking sixth and eighth, respectively. In the on-meter, Leiviskä posted the top Crimson score of 242.15 to claim fifth. Sophomore Hannah Allchurch was right behind her in sixth, while Mikaela Thompson took eighth.

Sophomore David Pfeifer led the way for the men on the three-meter board, taking fourth overall with his mark of 343.25 which topped the current 'A' qualifying standard. Classmate Bobby Ross claimed 11th. Freshman Luke Martinez had the top finish for the men on the one-meter board, claiming 10th with a score of 276.60.

Up Next
Upon returning from Hawai'i, the Crimson will host its only home meet of 2016 when Ivy League foes Brown and Penn visit Blodgett Pool Jan. 16. That meet is set to begin at 12 p.m. and will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. 

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