Blackburn, Combs Repeat as HCAC Divers of the Week

Will Combs (left) and Lexi Blackburn
Will Combs (left) and Lexi Blackburn

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Franklin College divers Will Combs and Lexi Blackburn became back-to-back recipients of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Diver of the Week awards, when the league announced the weekly honors on Tuesday afternoon.

Combs earned his second career conference diver of the week award after picking up a win on the one-meter board in the Grizzlies' 177-36 victory over Anderson on Friday night. The Indianapolis, Ind.-native won the competition with a combined score of 402.25, which currently ranks first in the HCAC.

Blackburn was also victorious on the one-meter board last Friday, helping the Grizzlies down Anderson 186-35 and pick up a 165-56 win over Indiana Wesleyan. The Clayton, Ind.-native finished the night with a combined score of 438.35 points, which is also the top mark in the conference. For Blackburn, Tuesday's selection marks the fifth time in her tenure at Franklin that she has earned the HCAC Diver of the Week award.

Both divers get back at it on Friday (Nov. 2) night, when they head to Decatur, Ill. for a dual match against Millikin University. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m.