UW Diving Performs Well at Day One of Air Force Invite

Jan. 30, 2009


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The University of Wyoming Cowboy and Cowgirl diving teams had some dominating performances Friday on the first day of competition at the Air Force Invitational in Colorado Springs. The first day of the event concluded Friday evening after the men competed on the three-meter board and the women on one-meter.

Junior Stephanie Ortiz continued her season success as she won the one-meter event with a score of 286.25. Ortiz finished 23 points ahead of New Mexico diver Gabby Erickson who finished second. Emily Huth tallied a score of 256.30 and placed fourth, while Allie Smith and Tiffany Izatt placed 13th and 14th respectively. Hillary Bohler finished the day in 24th place in a field of 32 divers.

The Pokes were successful as well today on the three-meter springboard. Tyler Miller led the way with a personal best total of 337.65 and finished in second. Right behind Miller was Mark Murdock in third with a score of 335.90, and Kyle Bogner in fourth with 315.70. Freshman Valentin Schwarz recorded his personal best on the three-meter dives with a score of 284.60, and placed seventh.

"We had some dominating performances today which is great since there were a number of Mountain West Conference schools here," said UW diving coach Ben Herdt. "Stephanie had a fantastic performance today and the men were just as great with three guys in the top five. I am excited to see how we will perform tomorrow."

The Air Force Invite will wrap-up tomorrow with both the men and women in action again. The women will take their turn on the three-meter board while the men compete on one-meter. To finish the day, the Cowboys and Cowgirls will both compete at the platform event.