Nov. 22, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. -
On the second day of the Wildcat Invite in Tucson, Ariz., both the Cowboys and Cowgirls continued to impress as four out of five UW divers were in the championship round in their events.
Junior Stephanie Ortiz broke her own record on the one-meter springboard with a six dive total of 309. The previous record (300.20) was against New Mexico two weeks ago by Ortiz. The Cowgirl captain finished second behind Tory Ishimatsu of USC who has been a national finalist in her career.
"Stephanie has exploded on the national scene at this meet with her fantastic performances. She has really grown as a competitor and showed the rest of the NCAA that she is ready to roll this season," said UW diving coach Ben Herdt.
The three Pokes in the invitational took their turn in the three-meter dives and all three made the championship round. Senior Tyler Miller finished the highest for the Cowboys and took fifth place with a score of 314.20, a personal best. Right behind Miller in the standings were two more Cowboys. Sophomore Kyle Bogner finished sixth, and also had a personal best of 313.80 while fellow sophomore Mark Murdock finished seventh posting a score of 303.45.
"The three men did great today, not only against the rest of the schools in the Mountain West, but against every team that was here," Herdt continued. "Both Kyle and Tyler had personal bests and Mark was solid today. Overall it makes a huge statement for our team to have as many divers in the top eight as we have this weekend against great competition."
The Wildcat Invite will conclude tomorrow with both the men and the women competing in the platform event.