FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -
Cowgirl senior diver Kari Campbell recorded a score of 495.10 to finish ninth on the platform and qualify for the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships during the final day of the NCAA Zone “E” Diving Championships. It was Campbell’s best-career finish at the NCAA Zones in the event and highest finish of the meet, having claimed 14th on the 1-meter (545.50) and 15th on the 3-meter (560.90) in the first two days of competition.
“Kari (Campbell) has had four coaches in her career,” UW head diving coach Kyle Bogner said. “For her to qualify, it is a testament to her athletic ability and also her ability to adapt to change. She was mentally tough all day and did exactly what she needed to do.”
By clinching her bid to NCAAs, Campbell becomes the first Cowgirl to ever qualify for the platform event. Stephanie Ortiz was the last Cowgirl diver to compete for UW at the championships. Ortiz qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 3-meter and participated in both the 1 and 3-meter events in 2010.
“We don’t have a diving tower on campus, so it is impressive for how we compete in the event,” Bogner added. “I am incredibly proud of the way she competed all week here at Zones. She has worked hard and accomplished a lot throughout her career.”
Keely Bishop ended her junior season with a 23rd place finish in the platform event on Wednesday afternoon. She posted a score of 212.50 during prelims. Junior Jacob Rehmeier took part in the platform event on the men’s side. He scored 246.70 during prelims for the Pokes and finished in 19th place.
It will mark the first trip to the NCAA Championships for Campbell, as she will join fellow Cowgirls Emily Ridout and Maria Harutjunjan at next week’s championships. The event will take place at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga., on March 16-19.