UW Divers Finish Weekend on High Note

Jan. 31, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

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Day two of the Air Force Diving Invitational is complete, and the University of Wyoming diving team continued with impressive performances. Today, a number of personal best were recorded, and one UW school record was broken.

Sophomore Mark Murdock scored a 332.10 on the platform event to win first place, and broke the Wyoming school record in that event. The previous record was held by John Lynch who scored a 309.05 in 2007.

"Mark was phenomenal on the platform today," said UW diving coach Ben Herdt. "He shattered the school record and was 44 points better than the diver that finished in second."

Two other Cowboys also finished in the top-five today on the platform. Tyler Miller finished third with personal best score of 282.45, while Kyle Bogner placed fourth after posting a score of 244.80.

The Cowboys also competed on the one-meter springboard. Miller placed second with a score of 321.40, a personal best, while Bogner was close behind in third (294.75), and Murdock in fifth (276.90).

On the women's side, Stephanie Ortiz finished second on the three-meter board (289.26), while Hillary Bohler (262.68) and Emily Huth (260.04) placed seventh and eighth respectively.

On the platform, Ortiz led the way with a personal best score of 204.20 and came in fourth. Other Cowgirls in the top ten were Bohler (189.65) in sixth, Tiffany Izatt (188.70) in seventh, and Huth (186.70) in eighth.

"I am a little disappointed in the women's three-meter just because they trained so well all week," said Herdt. "But for Wyoming to perform well on the platform dives without being able to train in that event is phenomenal, especially Mark breaking the school record."

The Cowgirl diving scores from today were added into the Cowgirl swimming score. The Cowgirls defeated San Diego State 166-136 to improve their record to 11-3 overall, and MWC record to 3-3.

The Cowgirl swimming and diving team will continue to compete on the road next weekend. The Cowgirls will take on Colorado State in the Border War on Friday at 5 p.m. Both the Cowboys and the Cowgirls will take on Air Force on Saturday, in Colorado Springs, Colo., at 1 p.m.