June 6, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming diver John Lynch recently competed in the 2006 Dutch National Meet in Holland as an exhibition diver. Lynch qualified for the national meet after a strong showing in the Amsterdam Cup last month.
Lynch, a senior to be from San Antonio, Texas, placed fifth in the 3-meter competition and sixth in the 1-meter event. He dove to a 3-meter score of 262.10 and a 1-meter score of 259.30. He competed as an exhibition diver because he is an American and not a native of Holland.
"The whole experience of competing internationally is really a great one," said Lynch. "It is a lot different than a college meet or a competition in the states. My diving had its pluses and minuses but overall I am content with my performance. I am especially happy because right now is kind of an in-between stage in the college and U.S. season. The divers in Holland don't do a very hard list of dives compared to the top divers in the U.S. but their basics are amazing. With what I saw at the Amsterdam Diving Cup and at Dutch Nationals, there is a lot to be learned from the divers in Europe."
Yorick de Bruijn won both boards of diving as he dove to a score of 327.95 in the 1-meter event and to a score of 317.95 in the 3-meter event.
"This experience has been really great for John and wonderful exposure for Wyoming diving," said UW diving coach Ben Herdt. "For him to have the opportunity to compete internationally and battle through preliminary, semifinal and final rounds as he did, is a real testament to what kind of a competitor he is. This will give him wonderful experience as we head into next season."