Matthews Places 5th on 1-Meter on Day One of Winter Nationals

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Casey Matthews got off to a good start at Winter Nationals by placing fifth among a field of 33 divers from the 1-meter springboard.
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Casey Matthews got off to a good start at Winter Nationals by placing fifth among a field of 33 divers from the 1-meter springboard.
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Dec. 17, 2013


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AUSTIN, Texas -- Purdue's Casey Matthews had the top preliminary round score from the 1-meter springboard, but did not perform as well in the evening finals and had to settle for fifth place Tuesday on the opening day of the USA Diving Winter Nationals.

Matthews scored 278 points on her five-dive list to post the top score among a field of 38 divers in the afternoon prelims. She carried a 12.5-point lead into the finals but could only manage a list score of 247.4 in the evening session to finish the day with a score of 525.40.

USC alumna Victoria Ishimatsu compiled a five-dive score of 273.75 in the finals to rally for a 1-meter victory with a combined score of 536.15. She had placed fourth (262.40) in the prelims earlier in the day.

For the day, Matthews still had the top list score of the competition. She scored above 50 points on four of her five dives in the prelims, highlighted by a pair of awards of 61.20. In the finals, however, she only scored above 50 points on two dives and her round high was 57.60. She did successfully advance as one of the eight competitors to qualify for the finals. The reigning 3-meter NCAA champion is also scheduled to complete individually and in synchronized diving from the 3-meter springboard at Winter Nationals later this week.

Michelle Cabassol and Alec Back also competed from the 1-meter springboard Tuesday for the Boilermakers. Cabassol took 12th of 38 in the prelims with a score of 242.80. Back placed 19th of 23 in the prelims with a score of 279.50. Layne Rogers was scratched from competition due to injury.

Men's 3-meter and women's 10-meter platform are on the schedule for Wednesday. David Boudia and NLI signee Anna James are scheduled to compete for Purdue. Action begins at 11 a.m. ET.