March 26, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS - Wyoming Cowboy senior diver Mark Murdock earned Honorable Mention All-American honors with a 12th-place finish (351.20) on the platform, Saturday during the 2011 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis.
"Mark was on the bubble of getting into the top 16 in the prelims, but nailed his last dive to get him into the consolation finals," Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "I knew he had this in him this year it was just a matter of getting his confidence up."
Murdock began his final day at the NCAA Championships on the platform. He dove in the preliminaries where he placed 16th with a score of 322.40. His 16th-place finish was good enough to get him in the consolation final. In the consolation finals, Murdock went on to place 12th with a score of 351.20. With his 12th-place finish in the consolation final he earned Honorable Mention All-American honors, the first Cowboy diver to do so since Andy Welsh in 1984. He is also the first Cowboy since Scott Usher in 2005 to score for UW at the NCAA Championships.
"In the consolation finals Mark put a great list together," Bukowski added. "He did a great job today. Words can't really describe how proud of him I am."
With Saturday's platform Murdock finished his competition at the NCAA Championships with three top 30 finishes. In Thursday's 1-meter springboard he placed 30th with a score of 272.85. On the 3-meter during Friday's competition Murdock recorded a 28th-place finish with a score of 313.05.
Saturday's competition on the platform concluded Murdock's excellent career as a Cowboy diver, but his career in diving will continue in early April as he competes for Team USA in the Canada Cup.
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