Final Press Release of 1998-99 Season

Laramie, Wyo. -

NCAA Men's Nationals: Freshman Oscar Delgado competed at the NCAA National Diving Championships this past weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Delgado is the first diver from the University of Wyoming to compete at the national championships in over ten years. This is the first NCAA national meet for Delgado and second year Diving Coach Carlos Jimenez.

Delgado competed solidly in the three events at the Championships. He competed in the 1-meter, 3-meter and the platform events. He placed in the top 30 in each of the events.

In the 1-meter springboard, Delgado placed 27th out of 34 divers with a score of 414.90. In the 3-meter, Delgado finished 29th out of 35 with 441.10 points, and also finishing 20th out of 24 competitors in the platform event with a score of 394.10. Only the top 8 divers in each event qualified for the finals held Saturday.

Delgado finished his freshman season accomplishing the goal he had set for himself: to qualify and compete at the National Championships.

Zone Championships: Oscar Delgado, along with Wendy O'Connell and Tara Walker competed the weekend of March 11-13, at the Zone Diving Championships held in Phoenix, Arizona. The three divers that competed for Wyoming all dove extremely well. Delgado qualified for Nationals in the three meter springboard with 485.10 points, placing second. He will be the first diver to represent Wyoming at the NCAA Nationals in over ten years. Delgado also placed fourth in the one meter and seventh in the platform events.

"I am so extremely happy and proud of Oscar," said Head Diving Coach Carlos Jimenez. "He had such a great meet and gave such a tremendous effort to compete here and qualify for Nationals. There are only five guys who qualify from our zone that move onto nationals, and it is extremely difficult. I cannot say enough about Oscar and his performance, I am so proud of him."

Also competing at the Zone Championships were freshman Tara Walker and semester transfer Wendy O'Connell. Both women put in a great effort, just missing the finals. OConnell finished 19th in the platform and 39th in the three meter, while Walker placed 38th in the three meter and 26th in the one meter.

"The girls came here and got experience," said Jimenez. "It says so much about the girls and their efforts to be here when you understand how difficult it is to move on to nationals. I am pleased with them and look forward to the next few years. This says so much about the program and that we are on the right track. We are excited for Oscar and thrilled to be on our way to Nationals."

TJ Talks on the WAC Championships: "I feel that the men swam very well and they all gave solid performances. I feel that we surprised a lot of people this year with this team full of freshmen, the underclassmen have been such an asset to us."

"We swam some very big events - in the 500 Free with four swimmers qualifying for the finals, where last year we only had two. I am very happy with Buddy Boysen qualifying for the NCAA Consideration Time in the 100 Butterfly. We were disqualified from the 400 Medley Relay, which hurt us, but we still came out and swam very strong. We broke some school records in events, and that is exciting when the team swims their best times."