Four Wyoming Divers Final During First Day of NCAA Zone E Championships

March 1, 2007

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -

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During the opening day of competition at the 2007 NCAA Zone "E" Diving Championships, four Wyoming divers qualified for the finals and one put herself on the qualifying bubble for the NCAA Championships, Thursday in Oklahoma City, Okla.

"Our kids are in a tough situation since we are only a few days removed from the Mountain West Conference Championships. I think the proximity of these two meets hurt all of the MWC divers but our kids seemed to adjust the best of anyone," said UW diving coach Ben Herdt. "As a team we stepped up and did well. We had four divers reach the finals which is great to see. Brittany also put herself in position to be right on the bubble of qualifying for the NCAA's."

Junior Brittany Wainwright had a great day and put herself in contention to possibly qualify for the NCAA Championships in the women's three-meter event. She placed eighth in the event with a score of 534.85. Senior Saara Haapanen placed 13th in the event with a score of 517.05. Senior Emily Keefer and freshman Stephanie Ortiz both competed in this morning's preliminaries. Keefer finished 24th with a score of 231.20 and Ortiz finished 27th with a score of 228.15.

For the Cowboys, senior Kevin Bretting had the highest finish of the day in the one-meter event. He finished 11th with a score of 568.25. Senior John Lynch finished 16th with a score of 521.90.

Stanford's Cassidy Krug won the women's three-meter event with a score of 666.30. Megan Farrow of Hawaii placed second (621.05) and BYU's Tawni Jones finished third (601.60).

Magnus Frick from Hawaii won the men's one-meter event with a score of 741.55. Arizona State's Michele Benedetti placed second (686.10) and BYU's Brandon Watson placed third (640.30).

"We had a good opening day but we are especially excited for tomorrow," added Herdt. "Our guys are a little better on three-meter and after winning conference last week, it will be fun to see what Saara can do on one-meter."

The NCAA Qualifiers from Zone "E" will not be completely determined until the conclusion of the meet on Saturday. Ten women and nine men will qualify from Zone "E".

The zone meet will continue tomorrow with the men's three-meter and women's one-meter competitions. The meet will conclude with platform diving on Saturday.