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Knapton Represents Huskers in Italy

By NU Athletic Communications

Senior diver Abigail Knapton will represent the United States along with 13 divers from seven universities at the World University Games from July 2-8 in Naples, Italy.

Knapton's stellar junior campaign included 13 individual titles among her 23 top-five finishes.

Four-time All-American Abigail Knapton put together her best season yet, firmly establishing herself as the best diver in Nebraska history.  At the 2019 NCAA Championships, Knapton dove to fifth place on the platform board with a finals score of 316.75. It marked her third consecutive first-team All-America award on the platform. She added an honorable-mention All-America award with her 15th-place finish on the three-meter board. 

Knapton became 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. In 2020, 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. Knapton also became the first Husker to earn two All-America awards at the same NCAA Championship meet since Elvira Fischer won a pair of honors in the breaststroke events in 2001. Knapton's outstanding junior season made her a finalist for the Nebraska Outstanding Female of the Year Award across all sports.

Knapton will join two World University Game veterans, Lauren Reedy (University of Missouri) who competed in the 2015 games, and Meghan O’Brien (University of Texas) who competed in the 2017 games.

Texas adds two additional divers, Jacob Cornish and Jordan Windle. Ohio State will be represented by Jacob Fielding, Jacob Siler as well as an incoming freshman Lyle Yost. Stanford added three divers, Conor Casey, Daria Lenz and Carolina Sculti. Emily Bretscher and Greg Duncan will represent Purdue, with Molly Fears set to represent Louisville.

Patrick Jeffery (Stanford) and Justin Sochor (Ohio State) will coach the team with Natasha Chikina (Nebraska) serving as the team leader.

Check Huskers.com for updates.

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