JUST IN: NCAA Platform Champion Tyler Qualifies for Paris


NCAA Platform Champion Tyler Qualifies for Paris

JUNE 22, 2024

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana swimming and diving senior Carson Tyler has qualified for his first Olympics, winning the 10-meter event Saturday (June 22) at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials inside the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The two-time defending champion in the platform diving event, Tyler won the tower event with a score of 965.45, combining his scores from Thursday’s semifinal and Saturday’s final. Tyler earned at least 70 points on all six dives Saturday. His highest-scoring dive came in the fifth round from a back 3 ½ somersault tuck for a total of 90.75 as three judges each gave Tyler a 9.5.

Tyler qualifies for Paris following one of the most successful individual diving seasons in NCAA history. As a junior, Tyler won NCAA and Big Ten Championships on both the 3-meter springboard and platform, while also earning medals on the 1-meter board at each level. His 56 points at the NCAA Championships outscored every other diving team.

Tyler becomes the seventh Indiana University athlete to qualify for the 2024 Olympics, as well as the second diver and first American male (from any sport) representing IU. Jessica Parratto clinched her third Olympics on Tuesday in the women’s synchronized 10-meter event. With Parratto and Tyler qualified for Paris, Indiana swimming and diving program has produced an Olympic diver in every Summer Games since 1964.

Tyler will dive again on Sunday in the men’s 3-meter final. Through the semifinal, Tyler currently sits second in the event with a score of 485.60 – 55.5 points higher than third place. Should he place within the top two, Tyler will become the third U.S. diver since at least 1976 to qualify for the Olympics in both individual events – joining Greg Louganis, who did it in 1976, 1984, and 1988, and Mark Ruiz in 2000.