March 13, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Four University of Wyoming divers will begin competition at the 2013 NCAA Zone "E" Diving Championships on Thursday, at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Senior Sasha Andrie, juniors Derek Campbell and Amanda Fay as well as freshman Eric McMillin will represent UW at the championships. Campbell will be making his second-consecutive appearance at the zone meet, while Andrie, Fay and McMillin will be making their first career appearances.
"I feel really good and I think the team feels really good about this weekend," Wyoming diving coach Yahya Radman said. "We are very prepared coming from past experiences diving at the Air Force Academy. The kids have gone through the physical and mental training and seem very ready to compete. I told the kids from the beginning of the season that when we step on the pool deck that we should feel we have out worked everyone. Not necessarily out talented, but out worked, out trained and out prepared so we have a chance to compete against any of the best divers in the country. We will need that kind of confidence this weekend because we are going to be diving at one of the more competitive and challenging zones in the country. That being said, the possibilities of us making nationals are very good. Everything has to go our way and the way we have trained this season I see no reason why it should not."
Campbell qualified for the zone championships by winning the 3-meter springboard against Denver on Jan. 12 with a season-best mark of 328.88. McMillin earned his spot at the championships at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships finishing eighth on the 3-meter with a score of 282.65.
Andrie, qualified for the championships by taking first on the 1-meter board with a career-best score of 283.13 against Northern Colorado on Dec. 15, 2012. Fay earned her place at the championships sweeping both the 1-meter and 3-meter against UNLV on Feb. 2. Her qualifying marks of 271.13 on the 1-meter and 276.53 on the 3-meter were both career-bests.
"Getting four kids to Zones this year speaks volumes to their dedication and their talent," Radman said. "I would not say we are back to where we want to be as a diving program but we are defiantly on the right track. We are going into this as a relatively unknown and underdog. We are looking to make a very loud statement that Wyoming diving is back and ready to compete at the highest levels of this sport."
The Zone "E" championship meet serves as the regional qualifier for both the men's and women's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The Zone "E" meet will send nine women's qualifiers to the NCAA Championships on March 21-23, while the men's meet will give eight bids to the championships on March 28-30.
The meet will begin on Thursday with the women's 3-meter and the men's 1-meter. Women's competition will begin at 11 a.m. with the preliminaries followed by the finals at 1:45 p.m. The men's 3-meter diving will get underway following the women's competition with the preliminaries at 4:45 p.m. followed by the finals at 6:30 p.m.
Complete coverage of the Zone "E" Diving Championships can be found by following this link: