Campbell Earns All-American Honors at NCAA Championships

March 19, 2016


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Honorable mention All-America acclaim for senior Kari Campbell on the platform highlighted the fourth and final day of the 2016 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships for the University of Wyoming women’s swimming and diving team. Campbell was one of three Cowgirls that competed Saturday at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech.

“Kari (Campbell) has done great the past couple of weeks,” UW head diving coach Kyle Bogner said. “She definitely continued that today. I am very happy for her and it was a great way to end her career. It was all about doing her own thing and being herself out there.”

Campbell closed out her career by finishing sixth in the platform consolation final and 14th overall with a score of 229.25. Campbell becomes the first Cowgirl diver to earn All-America accolades. The last UW diver to earn the honors was Mark Murdock in 2011, who placed 12th at the championships on his way to earning honorable mention on the platform.

Senior Emily Ridout was the first Cowgirl to take part in the action on Saturday, as she competed in the 100 free prelims this morning. Ridout touched the pads in a time of 49.72 to claim 54th in the event.

“Emily had a pretty good swim,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “She was up a little bit and I thought she gave herself a great chance early on, but it seemed like she had a hard time keeping her weight up through the 100. Maria didn’t get out as quick as she was hoping for, and probably needed to have a little more in the last 50,” Johnson added. “But I have to give her credit as she never gave up. She has been working hard like that all season.”

Sophomore Maria Harutjunjan came into the championships with the 63rd fastest time in the 200 breast. She finished 45th on Saturday in the event with a time of 2:13.14.

“I felt this week was a good learning experience,” Johnson mentioned. “I hope we can gain from this meet and have success here in the future. It was a great way to Emily (Ridout) and Kari (Campbell) to end their careers. I am proud of all of them.”