Cowboy Diver Mark Murdock Prepares For NCAA Championships

March 22, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming Cowboy diver Mark Murdock will represent Cowboy Swimming and Diving at the 2011 Men's NCAA Championships, beginning on Thursday, March 24 in Minneapolis. Murdock will compete in the 1- and 3-meter springboards as well as the platform.

"This is a great opportunity for Mark and for Wyoming Swimming and Diving," Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "We are heading there to score some points for Wyoming to put us on the NCAA scoreboard for the second consecutive week."

Murdock, a native of Flower Mound, Texas, secured a spot at the NCAA Championships by finishing fourth on the platform dive at the NCAA Zone `E' Championships. Murdock earned the eighth and final spot from Zone `E' for the NCAA Championships with his platform finish.

At the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championships, Murdock earned his second consecutive platform championships and also won the 3-meter springboard championship. He won on the platform with a score of 367.05. He also claimed the MWC 3-meter championship with a score of 363.45. He recorded his third top-three finish of the championships with a third place finish on the 1-meter with a score of 330.65.

Throughout the 2010-11 season, Murdock set a number of school and Corbett Pool records. He holds the pool record on the 1-meter with a score of 374.55. He also holds the UW school and Corbett Pool record on the 3-meter with a score of 414.45. He is also the MWC record holder on the platform dive with a score of 427.90, which he set at the 2010 MWC Championships.

"Every contest you go into you want to win," added Bukowski, regarding his expectations for Murdock. "It is really about Mark going out there and performing six great dives for him to make the top-eight (for All-American status) or 16. Mark just needs to have the attitude that he is going to make the top eight and he will."

Murdock will begin the 2011 NCAA Championships with the 1-meter on Thursday; starting at 1 p.m. Mountain Time. He will continue with the 3-meter on Friday beginning about the same time. Saturday's platform dive will be Murdock's last event beginning at 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

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