March 13, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming divers opened up the 2014 NCAA Zone “E” Diving Championship on Thursday in Cadet Natatorium in Colorado Springs, Colo. Senior Derek Campbell qualified for the finals in the men’s 3-meter springboard to lead Wyoming. A total number of five divers competed in the first day of competition for UW, the most since the 2010 season.
“I was very proud of the way that we worked on fixing some dives and we really competed the way we practiced,” UW diving coach Yahya Radman said.
Campbell was the leader for Wyoming finishing in 13th place in the 29-man field in the 3-meter springboard with a tally of 671.05. He placed 10th in the preliminary round with a score of 345. It is Campbell’s highest finish in his third appearance at the championship. Freshman Jacob Rehmeier also competed finishing with a tally of 254.87.
“I was very proud of Derek. He was diving against some of the best in the country and he held his own,” Radman stated.
Sophomore Kari Campbell led the Cowgirl divers with a 21st place finish in the 61-diver field ending the event with a score of 229.20 in the 1-meter springboard. It was her first appearance in the championship with UW and her second of her career after qualifying last season while at Wisconsin. Senior Amanda Fay finished 36th at 229.20. Freshman Keely Bishop rounded out the Cowgirls finishing 41st at 223.85.
“Kari did a great job and she held her own as well,” Radman said.
The Zone "E" Diving Championships will continue on Friday with the women's 3-meter and the men's 1-meter. The women's competition will begin with the preliminaries at 11 a.m.