Texas Head Diving Coach Matt Scoggin will serve on the USA Diving coaching staff for the world championships this summer.
INDIANAPOLIS – Texas Women’s Diving’s freshman Hailey Hernandez is among 16 divers named to represent the United States at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, USA Diving announced on Thursday. The organization also announced that Texas head diving coach Matt Scoggin will serve on the coaching staff for the championships. The diving competition will take place June 26-July 03 at the Danube Arena.
A member of the Team USA Olympic Diving squad at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Hernandez earned her spot after winning a pair of events at the USA Diving Winter Nationals last December, qualifying for the FINA Diving World Championships and the World University games on both the individual and synchronized 3-meter springboard.
At the Winter Nationals, Hernandez the competition with her partner Delaney Schnell by winning the 3-meter synchro springboard with 518.40 points. She capped off the weekend with her second gold medal on the 3-meter springboard with 656.75 points. The South Lake, Texas native also reached the podium, earning bronze on the 1-meter with a point total of 518.40.
The Big 12 Diver of the Year, Hernandez earned a pair of All-American honors at the 2022 NCAA Championships, placing fourth on the 1-meter and eighth in the 3-meter. Prior to that, she collected Diver of the Meet honors at the Big 12 Championships after winning the 1-meter and 3-meter events. At the conference meet, she established a conference record with 360.80 points on the 1-meter and a meet record with 418.50 points on the 3-meter.
Scoggin swept the Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Diving Coach of the Year accolades for the seventh consecutive year this year and for 12th time in his career. He earned Big 12 Men’s Diving Coach of the Year honors for the 11th consecutive year and 17th time overall and Women’s Diving Coach of the Year honors for the seventh-straight year and 14th time overall. UT’s combined men’s and women’s divers collected five top-eight finishes and contributed a combined 101 points to the team standings at the 2022 NCAA Championships.
He previously served as an assistant coach for the United States at the 2011 and 2013 FINA World Championship meets and was the head coach for the United States at the 2014 FINA Diving World Cup. Last summer, he served as an assistant coach with Team USA for the 2020 Olympic Games, his fourth Olympiad after previously working at the 2000 (Sydney), 2008 (Beijing) and 2012 (London) Olympic Games.
The Texas coaching staff will be well represented at this year’s world championships, as Texas Swimming and Diving Men’s head coach Eddie Reese and Women’s head coach Carol Capitani will be part of the USA Swimming coaching staff.
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