Wyoming Diving Wraps Up Season at NCAA Zone "E" Championships

March 11, 2006

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -

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The University of Wyoming diving team closed out the 2005-06 swimming and diving season Saturday in the platform event at the 2006 NCAA Zone "E" Championships at the Oklahoma City Community College in Oklahoma City.

Both Cowboy divers finished in the top-10 of the platform event, capping off a very successful diving season. Junior John Lynch led the way as he placed seventh with a score of 525.40, the best individual finish by a UW diver in this year's meet. Fellow junior Kevin Bretting was close behind as he placed eighth with a score of 522.80.

Two Cowgirls had solid finishes in today's platform event but neither was able to make the finals. Junior Emily Keefer led the charge as she placed 19th, with a score of 172.55. Sophomore Ginni van Katwijk placed 25th in the event as she finished with a score of 164.55.

"This weekend, we really turned a lot of heads and today was a great way to finish the meet," said UW diving coach Ben Herdt. "Throughout the meet, people really started noticing our athletes and saying `Wow these kids from Wyoming can really dive.' I think that as a team, we proved that we deserve to be on this stage and that we belong.

"Overall, this meet was a great finish to an amazing season. Our kids worked so hard and it has definitely paid off. We have a young team, everyone will be back next year, and it is an exciting time to be a part of Wyoming diving."

The University of Hawaii swept the platform event as Mats Wiktorsson won the men's event and Rui Wang won the women's field. Wiktorsson finished with a score of 702.90 and Wang finished with 648.35 points.

Unfortunately, no Wyoming divers were able to qualify for the NCAA Championships but were right on the edge of the qualifying field numerous times this weekend.