November 4, 1998
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams are looking to make some waves this year and turn some heads this season. Oscar Delgado, a freshman diver from Los Angeles, is hoping to give the Cowboys that chance.
After the Early Bird Invitational a week ago, Delgado is giving people something to talk about. Winning the meet was not the only thing that Delgado had on his mind. He also had his eyes set on qualifying for the Zone Championships. Delgado accomplished both those goals. He qualified for Zones in both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events, over-qualifying by twenty points, and won both events. In addition to that, his scores of 488.45 and 533.40 placed him in the All-Time Top Ten Performances for the Cowboys. He is currently ranked second in the 3-meter, and seventh in the 1-meter events.
"Usually you dont see this kind of performance from anyone, especially a freshman this early in the season." said Carlos Jimenez, the University of Wyoming Diving Coach. "When you consider all the adjustments a young freshman has to deal with, this was an outstanding effort."
According to Delgado, he feels that he is adjusting fine to the pace of Wyoming, next to Los Angeles.
He said his teammates have helped a lot, and the people of Laramie are very friendly. Wyoming also was attractive to Delgado because of the experience he hopes to gain while he attends the University, both in and out of the pool. For one who was recruited by schools such as Purdue, many have asked why he chose to attend the University of Wyoming.
"When I first got here I felt awkward being the most experienced, and at the same time being the new person," said Delgado. "The team, Christian (Breinza), Dominy (Thompson) and Laura (Tierney) have helped me outside of the pool. But at the same time, Im an example on the board."
Delgado has been prepared for the collegiate level, diving nationally and internationally in his earlier years. Diving at one of the best outdoor facilities in the country, his achievements include League and City Champion of Los Angeles from 1995-1998, a representative of Ecuador at the 1992 CanAmMex Age Group International Championships, 1997 & 1998 All-American Honorable Mention, and a fifth-place finish in the platform event at the Junior Olympic Nationals in 1998.
Delgado credits his accomplishments to his coaches. Their different styles and techniques of coaching have helped him adjust easily to training at a college level. He also believes that his training in gymnastics and karate has enhanced his diving. A First Degree Black Belt and Sensei of karate has given him the mental capacity to dive at an international level. His training as a gymnast taught him the fundamentals of flipping, twisting and somersaulting, and not being afraid to try something new.
"I had to choose between gymnastics and diving." said Delgado. "You can tell when you watch a diver who has a gymnastics background and who doesnt, just by the way they stand on the board. Gymnastics gave me the fundamentals, so all I needed to learn was how to stop the dive."
Delgado said he was looking forward to the program and its year of rebuilding. He said that the coaches are excited about rebuilding and implementing new things into training. Most of his elite diving coaches wondered why he chose Wyoming, but Delgado says he is excited to be part of a new program that is starting at the bottom and building up.
As for his personal goals, Delgado said he wants to qualify for NCAA Nationals all four years of college. This year, he just wants to qualify. One of the biggest goals he has is to get a degree, but is undecided in which area of business or communication he would like to pursue. As for now, his sights are set on helping Wyoming swimming and diving to a conference title.