COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming divers opened competition Friday at the Air Force Diving Invitational inside the Cadet Natatorium in Colorado Springs, and finished the two-day event this afternoon. The invite featured 73 divers from 12 different teams.
Of the 11 women’s teams at the invitational, the Cowgirls finished in first place with 101 total points, the Pokes finished in fifth of the seven men’s teams that competed with 57 total points. As a team, Wyoming finished in fourth place of the 12 total teams.
To get things started for UW on Friday, senior Kari Campbell took second place in the women’s 1-meter competition with a score of 282.25. She was just shy of her season-best score of 286.80 against Denver on Jan. 9.
Sophomore Keely Bishop placed eighth (249.40) on the 1-meter event, while junior Lauren Puglisi tied for ninth with a score of 241.40. Campbell also took third (214.20) on the platform to lead the Cowgirls. It became the top-finish for UW in the platform event this season.
“I thought it was a good weekend for us,” UW head diving coach Kyle Bogner said. “It was nice to have a final tune-up moving forward into the conference championships next week. There were a few of our divers that stepped up and competed very well against other divers in our conference.”
Also on the platform, Bishop finished sixth (206.35), and Puglisi recorded a score of 186.20 for 21st, while freshmen Peyton GrandPre (158.85) finished the event in 31st, CeeJay Harris finished with a score of 141.75 and Chynna Randall scored a 120.15.
“The competition was strong for both the men and women this weekend,” Bogner added. “We knew it would be a challenge for us, as there were teams that have been diving very well all year. I liked the way we finished up against that tough competition and we are looking forward to the conference meets.”
Junior Jacob Rehmeier and sophomore Austin Rettinghouse were the only two Cowboys competing at the invitational. Rehmeier finished ninth on the 3-meter event for the Pokes, while Rettinghouse had a score of 263.35 in the prelims. Rehmeier’s 3-meter score of 302.30 was his best all season.
On the men’s platform, Rettinghouse and Rehmeier finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Rettinghouse recorded a score of 270.95, while Rehmeier posted a 247.00. Rettinghouse also made the final in the 1-meter competition, as he finished in seventh place (298.50).
Campbell posted another top-three finish in the women’s 3-meter final. She recorded a score of 306.50 to once again lead the Cowgirls.
The Cowgirls return to action in College Station, Texas, at the Mountain West Championships on Feb. 17-20, as the Pokes are off until the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 24-27. The WAC Championships will be held in Houston, Texas.