UW Divers Sweep Mountain West Conference Weekly Honors

Oct. 20, 2010


On Tuesday afternoon, University of Wyoming Divers Mark Murdock and Allie Smith were named divers of the week by the Mountain West Conference.

"Both Mark and Allie put a lot of hard work in all week, and this is an example of that hard work paying off," Wyoming head diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "I think that Allie has some building left she can do and when she can hit all six dives she could be one of the best divers in the nation."

Murdock, from Flower Mound, Texas, swept the springboard events in Wyoming's home-opening victory vs. Mesa State (169-121) on Friday. The senior tallied a score of 359.25 on the 3-meter springboard to pace the field in the event. Murdock also earned the gold medal on the 1-meter springboard with a score of 338.40.

Smith, who hails from Sandy, Utah, set a Corbett Pool record on the 1-meter springboard, as the Cowgirls defeated Mesa State, 172-116 on Friday. The senior collected 307.50 points on the 1-meter board, which was 37 points more than her closest competition. Smith also placed second on the 3-meter board with a mark of 260.55

"I am very pleased for both of them, Mark had a great summer that is transferring into the fall, and for Allie to break the pool record is quite the accomplishment," UW head swimming coach Tom Johnson said.

UNLV senior Kyle Virva and BYU senior Rachel Grant were named MWC swimmers of the week for their performances last week.