ROSEMONT, Ill. - Brandon Loschiavo posted the best score in the nation so far this season in his resounding victory on platform at the Purdue Invitational, earning the sophomore his first career Big Ten Diver of the Week honor.
In his first official platform competition of the season, Loschiavo won with a list score of 481.2. Not only was he victorious by 134 points over the second-place diver, his winning score is 60 points higher than the No. 2 mark in the nation so far this year. He earned a score of at least 84 points in four of the six rounds while improving on his third-best list score in program history.
Loschiavo also finished as the runner-up on 1-meter behind teammate Joe Cifelli at the eight-team Purdue Invitational. Loschiavo was the top qualifier in the 1-meter prelims and improved on his list score (392.35) by 16.5 points in the final, but Cifelli won the final with a list score of 402.45. Both Boilermakers posted individual season-best scores in the event.
With Morgan Meixner winning the women's 1-meter final on Friday, a Boilermaker won a diving event on all three days of the Purdue Invitational. Kaersten Meitz (500 and 1,650 freestyle) and Marat Amaltdinov (200 breaststroke) also won events at the three-day meet, which featured an elite field.
Loschiavo was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week in December of last season after being a finalist in both springboard events at the 2016 USA Diving Winter Nationals. He went on to score in all three diving events at the Big Ten Championships and qualify for the NCAA Championships in all three events as well. He finished fourth on platform at NCAAs for All-America honors and was also an honorable mention All-American on 3-meter. While teaming with Purdue teammate Steele Johnson to win the 10-meter synchro title at USA Diving's Synchronized National Championships in April, the duo clinched Team USA's berth in the event at the FINA World Championships in Budapest.
With Johnson winning four consecutive Big Ten Diver of the Week awards from Oct. 18 to Nov. 8, Purdue has now claimed five of the first eight Big Ten Men's Diver of the Week honors handed out by the conference office this season.
Johnson did not compete at the Purdue Invitational due to injury.
Next up for Loschiavo and the Boilermakers is the USA Diving Winter Nationals, set for Dec. 13 to 19 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.