March 11, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming divers open the NCAA Zone “E” Diving Championships on Thursday in Cadet Natatorium in Colorado Springs, Colo. UW will send five divers to the event, the most for Wyoming since 2010 when UW had seven divers qualify. The Zone "E" Championship meet serves as the regional qualifier for both the men's and women's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
“To make Zones is a difficult task and when you get in, it is a relief,” Wyoming diving coach Yahya Radman said. “What I have enjoyed is seeing how our kids made the cut. This is a learning experience and building event for many years to come.”
Both Cowboy divers qualified for all three events at the Zone Championship. Senior Derek Campbell was named the Diver of the Meet at the Western Athletic Conference Championships earlier this month and will make his third appearance at the Zone Championship. He won the 3-meter springboard championship and also earned Second Team All-WAC in the 1-meter springboard and platform. Freshman Jacob Rehmeier is coming off a strong WAC Championship, earning First Team All-WAC in the 3-meter event and Second Team in the 1-meter event.
Senior Amanda Fay, sophomore Kari Campbell and freshman Keely Bishop will represent the Cowgirls. Fay is making her second appearance at the Zones and is a contender after a strong showing at the Mountain West Championship. She earned All-MW in the 1- and 3-meter springboards and platform. Campbell is also making her second trip to the Zone Championships, but her first with the Cowgirls after competing at Wisconsin last season. She set a school record and earned All-MW in the platform event at the MW Championships. Bishop qualified as a freshman and will compete in all three events. She finished third in the 3-meter springboard with a career-best 291.30 in a dual against Colorado State.
“I’m expecting to see what we worked on all year and summer: consistency, deliberate action and confidence,” Radman said. “We have shown that we can hang with the best in the conference, in the West and in the country. Now is our opportunity to continue what we have done since the beginning of the season and compete with the mindset for a second list in each event.”
The Zone "E" meet will send eight women's qualifiers to the NCAA Championships on March 20-22, while the men's meet will give eight bids to the championships on March 27-29.
The event starts on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the women’s 1-meter springboard and men’s 3-meter event. Twelve men’s teams and 24 women’s teams will compete in this year’s championship.
Complete coverage of the Zone "E" Diving Championships can be found by following this link (www.divemeets.com).