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Knapton Earns First-Team All-America Award

By NU Athletic Communications

Austin, Texas-- Junior Abigail Knapton earned her fourth consecutive All-America accolade Saturday night at the 2019 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.

The Omaha native produced a fifth-place finish on the platform board with a score of 316.75 earning  her third first-team All-America award. Knapton grabbed honorable-mention All-America recognition at Friday’s consolation finals in the three-meter dive (15th, 305.20 points).

Knapton is the first Husker to earn two All-America awards in school history since Elvira Fischer, who won two awards in the breaststroke events in 2001. Knapton is the first four-time All-America diver in Nebraska history and the first Husker diver to earn All-America honors three times in the same event.

At the 2018 NCAA Championships, Knapton produced an eighth-place finish on the platform board with a score of 286.15 and finished 22nd in the three-meter dive with a score of 307.60.

Next year Knapton will have a chance to become the first four-time first-team All-American in the same individual swimming or diving event in school history.

Head diving coach Natasha Chikina expressed her thoughts on Knapton’s performance.

“I am very happy for [Knapton],” Chikina said. “She is still improving and developing, while expanding her range. We are looking forward to more great improvements from her.”

Freshman Jessica Warak made her debut at nationals Saturday morning. Warak posted a score of 243.65 to earn 22nd place.

Nebraska’s 33rd ranking marks the Huskers’ highest team finish and the first time the Big Red has earned two All-America awards at nationals since 2001. This is Nebraska’s fourth consecutive top-40 finish at the championships.

Head coach Pablo Morales stated his thoughts on the overall performances.

“[Knapton] did a great job in battling for fifth place, her second highest ever in platform,” coach Morales said. “Getting to the NCAAs is a great accomplishment each year. We are so proud of [Knapton], [Warak] and [coach Chikina] for how they represented the Husker program.”

Three-Time First-Team All-America Huskers in the same event:
Penny Heyns- 100 breast, 200 breast
Abigail Knapton- Platform
Destiny Lauren- 200 butterfly
Julia Russell- 100 breast


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