Wyoming Divers Conclude Season at NCAA Zone E Diving Championships

March 13, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming men's and women's diving teams closed out their respective season's on Saturday with the conclusion of the 2005 NCAA Zone "E" Diving Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla.

In Saturday's action, both teams competed on the platform board as sophomore John Lynch's seventh place finished proved to be the highest finish by a Wyoming diver in the meet. He dove to a score of 393.10. Freshman Brittany Wainwright led the Cowgirls for the third consecutive day as she finished 23rd with a score of 173.55.Sophomore Saara Haapanen placed 24th with a score of 171.30 andfreshman Ginni van Katwijk placed 26th with a score of 158.50.

In Friday's action, Lynch led the Cowboys on the 3-meter board with his ninth place score of 440.75. In his final event as a Cowboy, Miller placed 13th in the competition with a score of 404.75. The Cowgirls, who competed on the 1-meter board, were led by Wainwright as she was the only diver to qualify for the finals. In the finals, she finished in 18th place with a score of 441.80. In the trials, Haapanen dove to a 23rd place score of 202.15 while van Katwijk placed 29th with a score of 187.50.

Thursday, Miller led the Cowboys with a 12th place score of 489.80 in 1-meter springboard action. He finished just ahead of Lynch who dove to a 13th place score of 486.75. In women's 3-meter competition, Wainwright was the highest Cowgirl finisher as she dove to an 18th place score of 393.85. Haapanen placed 19th with a score of 237.80 and van Katwijk placed 24th with a score of 229.90.

"I thought everyone did a great job all weekend long," said UW diving coach Ben Herdt. "It was a good meet with very tough competition just like a zone meet should be. We dove really well on both the 1 and 3-meter springboards but struggled a little on the platform because we don't have a platform to practice on day in and day out. John finished with the ninth best NCAA qualifying mark in the meet which was really good to see. We scored pretty well against other Mountain West Conference divers which was also a big positive."