Wyoming Diving Signs Five Student Athletes to National Letters of Intent

June 5, 2007


Wyoming diving coach Ben Herdt and the UW Swimming and Diving program announced today the signing of its 2007 diving class to National Letters of Intent. The group features three future Cowboys and two future Cowgirls from the states of Colorado, Texas and Utah.

"Our entire program is very excited about the signing of these athletes and we are excited they will be a part of the tradition that has become Wyoming diving," said Herdt. "All five of these divers will contribute right away beginning this fall.

"This is the largest class of divers Wyoming has signed in at least two decades, which we are thrilled about. With the size of this class, there are going to be some challenges in getting everyone acclimated to diving at the college level, but it is a challenge we are looking forward to taking on."

Following is a look at the 2007 UW Diving Signing Class:

Kyle Bogner, Centennial, Colo. (Littleton High School)

Bogner was a Colorado State Finalist twice during his high school career and qualified for the state meet three times. He holds the Littleton high school record in both the six and 11 dive events. He was a four year diving letterwinner and also competed for the Mile High Dive Club.

"Kyle comes from a very strong diving program at Mile High Dive Club and is just starting to tap into his potential as a diver," said Herdt. "He is fired up to be a Cowboy and I am excited to see what we can do when he brings his excitement and ability to Wyoming."

Mark Murdoch, Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus High School)

Murdoch is both an accomplished diver and gymnast and competed in the US National gymnastics meet this spring. In the pool, he was a district champion and the district diver of the year as a junior and senior. He was also a region champion as a senior and placed third at regionals as a junior. He received an NISCA All-America award and was a TISCA All-State diver as a junior. He was the Marcus High School most valuable diver all four years of his career. He placed third at the district meet as a freshman and sophomore. He dove club for Grapevine Colleyville.

In gymnastics, he was the 2002 Texas State high bar and pommel horse champion. In 2003, 2004 and 2005 he was a USAG JOC National Qualifier and earned Academic All-America honors in 2004.

"Mark is a great kid with limitless potential. He isn't trained much for diving as he is still competing as a gymnast. We are very excited to see what he can do when he trains all year in a university setting with a lot of attention. He has limitless potential," said Herdt.

Colter Yancey, Pflugerville, Texas (Pflugerville High School)

Yancey was a high school diving All-American his junior year. He recently placed 16th in the three-meter event at the West Junior National meet. He holds the Pflugerville school record in the ten-meter event. He also competed in club diving for Longhorn Aquatics.

"Colter is a pretty accomplished diver in all three events," Herdt said. "He will bring a lot of talent and experience to Wyoming. He is a very clean diver with good lines and entry. He will be able to contribute right away."

Virginia Marcon, Spring, Texas (Klein High School)

Marcon was an All-American both in the pool and in the classroom. She earned diving All-America honors her junior and senior years and Academic All-America honors as a senior. She was named the district diver of the year as a senior and placed at the district meet all four years of her high school career. She also placed at the regional meet as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was also a gymnast and competed in the sport until high school. She dove club for the Woodlands Diving Academy.

"Virginia comes from one of the best diving clubs in the country. She is a clean diver who has good form. She will be able to immediately contribute on both spring boards," said Herdt.

Allie Smith, Sandy, Utah (Alta High School)

Smith placed fifth in the Utah State Championship meet in 2006. She was a Utah All-State diver all four years of high school and was a team captain as a sophomore and senior. She holds the Alta High School record in the one-meter (11 dives) event with a score of 442.55. She was a member of the Alta Honor Roll and was an Academic All-State selection as a senior. She also competed for the Tuck Diving Club.

"Allie is an experienced diver on both spring boards. She is very strong and I am excited to see the bigger dives she can do because of her strength. She is capable of doing the very difficult dives that only the top-women in the country are doing. Due to her strength, success will be just around the corner," said Herdt.