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Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez leads SDSU for third consecutive day


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January 20, 2019 (Los Angeles) - The San Diego State divers finished action at the UCLA Diving Invitational on Sunday, competing in 1-meter competition. Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez led the Aztecs for the third consecutive day, finishing the day with a ninth-place finish with a final score of a 532.10.

In addition to Lechuga Gonazelez's top-10 finish, Marie Yacopino posted a strong performance with a 521.30 to finish in 12th. With Lechuga Gonzalez and Yacopino both finishing in the top 12, SDSU finished the UCLA Diving Invitational as one of four schools in the top 12, joined by UCLA, USC, and Northern Arizona. 

In the preliminary round, Yacopino led the Aztecs with a score of 265.25 -- the ninth-best score in the field. Lechuga Gonzalez closely followed with a 260.05 -- good for a 12th-place finish to reach the final round. 

With an 8th-place finish in platform competition, a 9th-place finish on the 1-meter board, and a 10th-place finish on the 3-meter board, Lechuga Gonzalez finished the UCLA Diving Invitational as one of seven divers in the field to finish in the top-10 of all three events. Lechuga Gonzalez also finished as one of just two freshmen to finish in the top 10 on all three days of the UCLA Diving Invitational. 

Also competing in the 57-diver meet was Delaney Gallagher (16th place, 247.10), Emily Reed (24th place, 229.05), Erica Sarver (37th place, 210.00), Gina Cazares (39th place, 202.10), Lexi Letts (44th place, 195.30) and Gillian Garcia (53rd place, 166.30). 

The Aztec divers now look towards the Northern Arizona Diving Invitational, which begins on Feb. 1. in Flagstaff, Ariz. 


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