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Olivia Rosendahl captures back-to-back NCAA platform diving titles

Is it a dynasty yet?

What’s better than winning one national title? Winning two, of course. Olivia Rosendahl won her second NCAA title in platform diving at this weekend’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Rosendahl entered the finals as the fourth seed, but she won by over 10 points over Texas’ Samanthe Brombe, securing her second-consecutive title.

Rosendahl was basically perfect on Saturday evening. She was trailing Indiana’s Jessica Parratto, who beat her in the Big Ten Championship, through two dives, but she pulled away from the entire field with an excellent final three dives that blew away the competition. Her final three dives were all over 70 points.

As we mentioned last year, Northwestern does not have a platform diving facility. However, clearly that hasn’t impeded Rosendahl’s talent. Congratulations!

In other results, Northwestern’s Calypso Sheridan (still the best Northwestern sports name of all time) finished well in both of her medley events and the breaststroke. Rosendahl did not qualify for finals in the 3-meter springboard, but she won the consolation competition to place ninth overall. Northwestern finished 22nd in the team standings with 40 points.