March 11, 2014
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - Loyola University Maryland senior diver Elle Mixa concluded her career with a 48th-place finish at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center on Monday. The St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., native is Loyola’s first female diver to qualify for Zone Diving and she finished with a score of 179.15 on the 1-meter boards.
The performance wrapped up a stellar season in which Mixa dominated the boards. She won seven 1-meter and seven 3-meter diving titles, and swept the boards at five different meets throughout the year.
In addition, in a dual meet at Lehigh on January 18, Mixa won the 1-meter competition with a personal-best score of 266.92 to break Megan Sterback’s school record of 255.23 from 2006. It was also the performance that qualified her for the Zone Diving Championships.
Throughout her career, Mixa has earned five weekly honors from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the Patriot League. This year alone, she won four Patriot League Diver of the Week honors, giving her more weekly awards than any other swimmer or diver in the league this year.
At Loyola’s inaugural Patriot League Championships, she became the first-ever Greyhound to advance to the finals of an event, finishing sixth on the 1-meter boards this year. She also took 10th in the 3-meter competition after just missing making the podium on both diving platforms during Loyola’s final year in the MAAC last year, finishing fourth in the two events.
As a freshman, Mixa was tabbed the MAAC Diver of the Week once and finished 12th and 14th on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, respectively, at the conference championships, while she followed that up with a sixth-place finish in 1-meter and ninth-place in 3-meter as a sophomore.