Junior Lexi Mills Tabbed Pac-12 Female Diver of the Month
SAN FRANCISCO – Utah Junior Lexi Mills was named December Pac-12 Diver of the Month, announced Friday by the conference.
“Lexi has put in an awful lot of hard work and it’s great to see her recognized for it,” said the head diving coach. Richard Marschner noted. “She dove incredibly well in all three events at Princeton against top competitors, so the honor is well deserved.”
Mills put up stellar performances last month at the Big Al Invitational, hosted by Princeton, and has never placed outside the top seven in the events she has entered. Starting with the 3M dive on the opening day, Mills posted a preliminary score of 293.20. round to advance to the Finals and followed with a 303.25 (NCAA Zones qualifying score) to lead the Utes to second place.
On day two, Mills posted a score of 271.50 in the 1M dive preliminaries and scored 250.85 in the final to finish seventh. The 271.50 she ran in the preliminaries was also an NCAA Zones qualifying mark. The platform was the last event of the third day of the invitation and Mills posted a personal best 216.30 which was good for the seventh.
The New Kent, Va., native is in her third season with the Utah program and has placed two scores in Utah’s all-time record books. At the 2021 Pac-12 Championships, Mills recorded the fifth-highest 3M score in Utah history with a 320.65. Against BYU inside Ute Natatorium in January 2021, Mills jumped into the 1M all-time top 10 list after posting a 281.85, good for ninth all-time and the 1M win. event.
Outside of the pool, Mills was also named a Pac-12 All-Academic and as a rookie she was named Scholar All-American CSCAA (College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America).