AUSTIN, Texas - Colin Zeng entered the A final of the 1-meter springboard as the top seed, having finished first in the morning's prelims. With the target square on his back, Zeng stepped up and delivered the third national title of his career.
The senior came into these NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships with a 2016 and 2018 platform national title under his belt and added a 1-meter title to his trophy case. With his final score of 405.40, Zeng becomes the fourth Vol to win on the 1-meter board and the first since Liam Stone won the event in 2016.
"He continued from where he was earlier today," head diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Just a very calm and competitive mindset. It isn't always easy to be the leader coming out of prelims and diving last, seeing what everyone else is doing. He handled that well and got off to a great first dive. His second dive was crucial, it really set up the list to where everyone was chasing him. I could not be prouder of his effort and the way he competed but now we have to bounce back and go again tomorrow."
It wasn't just Zang who shined bright on the diving boards for Tennessee, freshman Matthew Wade qualified for the B final after narrowly missing the A final during the morning's prelims.
Wade missed making the A final, finishing 12th in prelims but the freshman diver did however make the B final and finished seventh with a score of 304.85. Wade earned All-America Honorable mention with his finish
"The goal today is to get the job done in prelims, place as high as you can and see where the chips fall," Parrington said. "Hopefully that's in the A or B final and certainly in Matthew's case, a freshman coming in a tough field and environment, he stood up steady as a rock all afternoon. He was very precision oriented and he got that done. I'm very proud of him and he put points on the board for his team and he's Honorable Mention All-America and not a lot of freshman can say that."