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Dominic Giordano places 16th in 1M dive at NCAA Championships

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Pitt senior Dominic Giordano finished in 16th place in the one-meter dive on day one of the 2017 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Jordan Mondell | Layout Editor

Pitt senior Dominic Giordano finished in 16th place in the one-meter dive on day one of the 2017 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Jordan Mondell | Layout Editor

Pitt senior Dominic Giordano finished in 16th place in the one-meter dive on day one of the 2017 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Jordan Mondell | Layout Editor

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

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Pitt senior diver Dominic Giordano is already adding to his well-stocked trophy case at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Giordano earned Honorable Mention All-American honors on day one of the 2017 NCAA Championships in Bloomington, Indiana, placing 16th in the one-meter springboard dive Thursday night with a score of 305.05 points.

The Wexford, Pennsylvania, native just barely missed out on qualifying for the finals after a ninth-place finish in his preliminary heat. Giordano tallied 347.60 points in the preliminaries but only the top eight finishers qualified for the finals.

Giordano also earned first-team All-American honors on day one last year with an eighth-place finish after posting a 367.20-point score in the 1M finals.

“It could be argued that Dom dove better to place ninth in prelims than he did last year when he qualified for the finals in this same event,” Pitt diving coach Julian Krug said in a press release. “He performed a fantastic set of dives. With how competitive the field was, scoring team points for Pitt on one-meter was a great accomplishment.”

Giordano will now get ready to defend his national championship in his marquee event on Friday: the three-meter springboard dive. Giordano took home Pitt’s first-ever diving national title last season with a six-dive score of 460.30 points in the 3M finals in Atlanta.

The preliminary round of the 3M springboard will take place at 12:15 p.m. Friday, and the finals will take place at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.

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Dominic Giordano places 16th in 1M dive at NCAA Championships