LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming divers open the NCAA Zone "E" Diving Championships on Monday in Cadet Natatorium in Colorado Springs, Colo. UW will send four divers to the Championship. The Zone "E" Championship meet serves as the regional qualifier for both the men's and women's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The meet will run through Wednesday with one board each day.
"We are very excited and we have some very good chance to earn bids to the NCAA Championships," UW diving coach Chelsea Popplewell. "We had very solid championships and that will give us great motivation."
Junior Kari Campbell and sophomore Keely Bishop earned spots for the Cowgirls. It will be Campbell's second trip to the Zone Diving Championship as a Cowgirl. At the Mountain West Championship, she set a school record on the platform dive with a mark of 285.15 for her performance she earned All-MW honors in the event. She recorded a season-best 325.13 on the 3-meterspringboard earlier this season, as it was the second best mark on the board in school history. Bishop goes into the Championship for the second time in her career. She had success earlier this season at the Air Force Academy winning the 1-meter springboard at the prestigious Air Force Invite. She earned All-MW honors on the 1-meter springboard and platform dive.
"It will be fun to see how we stack up against a lot of talented other schools," Popplewell said. "We have an advantage being familiar with the pool and that should work to our advantage."
Sophomore Jacob Rehmeier and freshman Austin Rettinghouse earned bids for the Cowboys. Rehmeier is coming off a Western Athletic Conference Championship on the 3-meter springboard. He also earned Second Team All-WAC honors on the platform. Freshman Austin Rettinghouse is hitting his stride, as he finished second at the MW Championship on the 3-meter springboard. He also earned second team honors on the 1-meter and platform. Those two were a part of history at the MW Championship as three Cowboy divers made the finals in two events for the first time since 2008.
A new format at the Zone Championships this season will see five women from each event qualify for the NCAA Championships in Greensboro, N.C. on March 19-21. The top four men's divers in each event will qualify for the NCAA Championships March 26-28 in Iowa City, Iowa.
The event starts on Monday at 8:15 a.m. with the women's 3-meter springboard and men's 1-meter event.