Seven Wyoming Divers will Compete at NCAA Zone "E" Championships this Week

March 9, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

During the coarse of the season a total of seven Wyoming divers qualified for the 2010 NCAA Zone "E" Championships held in Austin, Texas this week. Four Cowgirls and three Cowboys will represent UW and dive for a chance to compete in the NCAA Championships starting on Thursday.

Emily Huth, Virginia Marcon, Stephanie Ortiz and Allie Smith will continue their season on the women's side, while Kyle Bogner, Mark Murdock and Valentin Schwarz will compete for the Cowboys at the Zone meet as well.

Zone "E" consists of 35 schools from 11 states in the West Region that include Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

"I'm very excited about competing in the Zone meet this week. It's a great place to expose yourself to some good competition and I think we will do well," said UW diving coach Kevin Bretting. "Kyle Bogner has looked stronger by the day in practice and Mark Murdock has some tough competition to face, but he has a great chance at qualifying on platform. On the women's side, Stephanie Ortiz was outstanding and looked strong at the conference meet. She also has a great chance of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The pool in Austin is a fun place to dive and it will be a good environment for us."

The Wyoming divers last competed at the 2010 MWC Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. The highest finish of any UW diver came from Murdock on the platform event. Murdock not only won the men's platform with a score of 427.90, but demolished the old school and MWC record. Murdock also made the finals on both springboards and finished third on three-meter and fourth on one-meter. Bogner added a sixth place finish on three-meter and fifth on one-meter.

For the Cowgirls, senior Stephanie Ortiz advanced to the final rounds on all three events and finished second on three-meter and set a new school record with a score of 354.05. Ortiz also placed fourth on both one-meter and platform. Fellow senior Emily Huth joined Ortiz in the finals on both platform and one-meter. Huth placed seventh on platform and eighth on one-meter, while junior Allie Smith was fourth on three-meter and eighth on one-meter.

The top six women and top seven men will advance to the NCAA Championships. The women's NCAA Championships will be held next week, March 18-20, in West Lafayette, Ind. The men's championship meet will be March 25-27 in Columbus, Ohio.

Thursday's competition will begin with women's one meter and men's three-meter.