Wyoming Divers Open NCAA Zone E Championships on Springboards

March 11, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas -

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The first of three days of the NCAA Zone "E" Diving Championships in Austin, Texas started with springboard events on Thursday. Today the men competed on three-meter and two Wyoming Cowboys qualified for the finals while the women dove one-meter and advanced two Cowgirls to the finals as well.

Leading the way on the men's side was a pair of juniors for UW. Kyle Bogner and Mark Murdock both dove on three-meter today and after the preliminary round both Cowboys made the finals. Bogner scored the highest of the two by placing eighth with his preliminary and final round score totaling 639.80. Murdock was seeded 17th going into the final round, but moved up in the finals to 12th place with a day score of 592.75. Sophomore Valentin Schwarz also dove for the Cowboys today and placed 24th.

"Kyle (Bogner) looked great and had a solid list of dives in the prelim round," said UW diving coach Kevin Bretting. "He came back in the finals and improved his score and it was exciting to watch him dive."

For the Cowgirls, senior Stephanie Ortiz and junior Allie Smith advanced their way into the one-meter finals. Ortiz had strong performances in both sessions and came away with a sixth place finish after posting a final score of 533.30 in the two rounds. Smith made her first Zone meet final on one-meter and placed 14th with 488.40. The Cowgirls also had two divers outside of the finals on one-meter. Senior Emily Huth finished 25th and junior Virginia Marcon was 34th.

"Stephanie Ortiz had a very good sixth place finish today and dove well. Tomorrow on three-meter is her specialty so I am looking forward to that," Bretting continued.

"I was happy for Allie Smith making the finals and overall she performed well today. I am looking forward to great diving for the next two days on the women's and the men's side."

The men and women divers will flip-flop springboards tomorrow as the women will dive three-meter and men will compete on one-meter. Both prelim rounds will begin at 11 a.m. Mountain.