Wyoming Divers Wrap Up Training in Minnesota with Impressive Scores

Jan. 7, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -

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After a lengthy training period in Minneapolis, Minn., the University of Wyoming diving teams finished their time there with a dual against the University of Minnesota on Thursday on three-meter springboard.

"Our divers had a solid and productive training trip and put in a lot of hard work," said UW diving coach Kevin Bretting. "Minnesota is a cold place to spend a long training trip but everyone kept their spirits up and continued to focus on getting better. Everyone put in their work both in the pool and in the weight room while we were here and it will be sure to pay off for them at the end of the season."

Wyoming had a number of personal bests along with NCAA Zone "E" qualifying scores on Thursday.

For the Cowgirls, Stephanie Ortiz led the way again on three-meter and placed second with a score of 300.9. Ortiz finished second with her NCAA Zone score. Behind her was Emily Huth in fourth and Allie Smith in fifth. Cowgirls Virginia Marcon and Sasha Andire were also competing on three-meter and placed seventh and eighth respectively.

The Cowboys also had impressive marks Thursday in Minneapolis. Mark Murdock led the way with a personal best and Zone score of 348.91 and finished third. Kyle Bogner and Valentin Schwarz not only had personal bests, but also had Zone qualifying marks. Bogner was fourth with 346.2, while Schwarz was fifth with a final of 328.35.

"For all of our guys to make zones, and for Kyle and Tino (Valentin) to achieve personal bests at this meet when they are worn down from two weeks of training is very exciting," Bretting said. "The girls competed well too. Stephanie was solid as usual and Emily competed a brand new dive today. Starting next week, I am excited to get into frequent competition so that everyone can really apply their training and show off a little bit."

Next week the UW swimming and diving teams will be back in the water with two meets on the road. First, on Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Cowboys and Cowgirls will go against DU at 5 p.m. in Denver Colo. Then on Friday, Jan. 15, Wyoming will face Mountain West Conference foe UNLV at 1 p.m. in Las Vegas, Nev.