March 19, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Cowgirl diver Stephanie Ortiz closed out her tremendous career for the University of Wyoming today at the 2010 NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. Ortiz was among the nation's elite divers this week and finished in 35th place on three-meter on Friday.
The Colorado Springs, Colo., native scored a total of 269.05 on six dives in the three-meter championship. Yesterday, Ortiz competed on one-meter and placed 33rd. Ortiz ends her career as the UW school record holder in both women's one-meter and three-meter springboards and ranks second on platform. Ortiz was the first Cowgirl diver to qualify for the NCAA Championships in 25 years.
"Everything today wasn't great but it wasn't bad either," said Wyoming head swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson. "The field hit every dive they took and in the third round the door opened a bit for her but it didn't work out for her to move on. It was a fun event to watch and I know her adrenaline was high for her last meet.
"Stephanie has had a great career at UW and it was a great way to end it here at the NCAA Championships and not at the conference meet or at Zones. I couldn't be more proud of the year she had and how much she has improved over the last four years with all the hard work and dedication she has put into diving."