SMU diver competes in NCAA Championship

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Klein earned top honors at the American Swimming Championships earlier this month. Photo credit: SMU Men's Swimming and Diving Twitter

SMU junior diver Bryce Klein travelled to Atlanta March 23-26 to compete in the 2016 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship.

Klein posted a two-round 769.85 score at the NCAA Zone D Championship, finishing sixth and earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

In the preliminary competition, Klein posted a 367.60, placing him in a two-way tie for 16th with University of Texas diver Mark Anderson. Divers who place first through eighth advance to the Championship Finals, while those who finish ninth through 16th advance to the Consolation Final. The two-way tie between Klein and Anderson led to a “dive off” to break the tie. Anderson posted a score of 448.45, defeating Klein who recorded a score of 368.95, placing Klein 17th overall.

Previous to the NCAA Championship, Klein was named the Most Outstanding Diver of the 2016 AAC Championship, and made All-Conference selections on both springboard and platform. Klein holds the school record for both the 1 and 3 meter events as well as the AAC record on the 1-meter. In addition, Klein received the AAC diver of the week award five times throughout the season.

Klein will compete in the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials June 18-26. Klein has qualified for both the 3-meter and 3-meter synchro with partners from Stanford and Austin, Texas.

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