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Men's NCAA Championships: Olympians Johnson, Hixon take top two spots on 1-meter

By USA Diving | March 23, 2017, 4:27 p.m. (ET)

Olympic silver medalist Steele Johnson of Purdue won his second career NCAA 1-meter title with a victory Thursday night at the NCAA Championships.

Johnson scored 446.90 points to capture his third career NCAA title and second on 1-meter, having also won the 1-meter event in 2015.

Olympic silver medalist Michael Hixon of Indiana scored 437.70 for second place, edging his Hoosier teammate and Australian Olympian James Connor by four-tenths of a point.  Hixon was the 2014 NCAA champion on 1-meter.

Johnson and Hixon had previously been selected the United States on 1-meter at this summer’s World Championships. Hixon won the 1-meter title at the 2016 USA Diving Winter National Championships and Johnson was second to secure their World Championships spots.

Hixon won bronze on 1-meter at the 2015 World Championships.

Also advancing to the NCAA 1-meter finals on Thursday were 2016 champion Liam Stone of Tennessee, Briadam Herrera of Miami, Joey Cifelli of Purdue, Mark Anderson of Texas and Zhipeng Zeng of Ohio State.

LSU’s Juan Celaya Hernandez won the consolation final with 392.70 points Thursday afternoon, and Texas A&M divers Tyler Henschel and Sam Thornton were second and third. Also scoring points for their teams in the consolation finals were USC’s Henry Fusaro, Kentucky’s Sebastian Masterton, LSU’s Andrew Suchla, Penn State’s Hector Garcia Boissier and Pitt’s Dominic Giordano.

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