Boudia, Magaña win national titles, qualify for World Championships

David Boudia speaking with Anne Marie Tiernon at Rio 2016 Olympics (WTHR photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – David Boudia and Amy Magaña won titles Saturday at the USA Diving Senior National Championships, qualifying for the 2019 World Championships team.

Boudia, from Lafayette, won men’s 3-meter title. Magaña, Indianapolis, won the women’s 10-meter.

2016 Olympic medalist Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) finished second and qualified for the World Championships team.

Boudia scored 474.35 points in the 3-meter final. Hixon finished at 451.00.

“Going into this event today, I don’t think I’ve been this nervous since 2005 . I think just because it’s a new event on 3-meter and there’s a lot more variables when it comes to diving on that. I’m not as comfortable on 3-meter yet, but this is a good stepping stone,” Boudia said. “I think my rock in this has been my mental game, and that’s why I’ve been successful in this sport. It’s just a matter of turning on that focus and getting in the zone, and I guess that’s what happened today.”

Magaña won the women’s 10-meter title with 358.75 points. Schnell scored 348.45 points for second.

“My coach gave me a not so subtle reminder that if I want to accomplish the goals that we want to accomplish together, I just have to hit my dives. I had to set aside making worlds and just take it one dive at a time and do as best as I can,” Magaña said.

The USA Diving Senior National Championships conclude on Sunday with women’s 3-meter and men’s 10-meter finals.

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