Mar 19, 2014 10:00 PM by Jordan Mason
INDIANAPOLIS - Capping his comeback from an injury that prevented him from "three-peating" as league champion in the 3-meter diving competition last month, Colorado College's Austin Howlett emerged as a recipient of All-America honors in the event for the second consecutive season on Wednesday.
Howlett, a junior from Makawao, Hawaii, captured fifth place nationally at the 2014 NCAA DIvision III Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis.
WIth a final score of 501.50, he was less than 35 points out of second while improving three spots from his showing of a year ago.
"The experience from last year's nationals really paid off," CC diving coach Ellen Walker said of Howlett's performance. "Austin did't let the nerves take over. He was relaxed and it showed. He dove extremely well all day and was able to move up to fifth after a sixth-place finish in prelims."
Howlett compiled 474.75 points in Wednesday's preliminaries while assuring himself of a top-eight finish again, but was able to pass Denison College sophomore Ben Lewis in the finals and move up a spot. He will shoot to earn All-America accolades on the 1-meter board, where he is two-time reigning champion in the Southern Collegiate Atheltic Conference, for the first time when the diving competition resumes at the IU Natatorium on Friday.
Denison's Connor Dignan, a junior, won the national 3-meter title with a meet-record score of 613. Freshman teammate Max Levy took second with 536.40.