Dec. 24, 2013
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- A pair of second-place finishes from the 3-meter springboard on the national stage at the USA Diving Winter Nationals earned Purdue's Casey Matthews Big Ten Diver of the Week honors.
Matthews won silver in the individual and synchronized 3-meter diving competitions in Austin, Texas. She teamed with Michelle Cabassol to take second in the synchronized event. Along with MacKenzie Tweardy, Cabassol and Matthews helped the Purdue women finish third in the team-scoring standings.
Matthews was named Big Ten Diver of the Week for the second time this season and third time in her career. She was also recognized after sweeping the springboard events at the Ohio State Invitational Nov. 22-24. Teammate Carly Mercer has been named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week twice and Cabassol was recognized as the Diver of the Week in October.
Matthews also posted the top list score (278) of the meet from the 1-meter springboard on the opening day of the Winter Nationals. She went on to finish in fifth place. The redshirt-senior participated in seven rounds of competition in Austin, performing 35 total dives. She performed better in each subsequent round of the individual 3-meter competition, clinching her runner-up finish with a final-round score of 331.25 for an event total of 907.75.
A diver with Purdue ties was part of five of the 10 national champions at the 2013 USA Diving Winter Nationals. Alumnus David Boudia swept the men's 3-meter events and National Letter of Intent signee Steele Johnson duplicated the feat on the men's 10-meter platform. Fellow NLI signee Anna James was part of the winning duo in the women's synchronized 10-meter platform. Boudia, Johnson and James all clinched berths in the FINA World Cup this summer. The second-place finisher in the women's 3-meter competition was also slated to earn a World Cup spot, but Matthews' list did not meet the degree of difficultly requirements.