Crayne take second in 1-meter
Jan. 26, 2013
USAFA, Colo. – Utah was on fire this weekend at the Cadet Natatorium as the Utes completed a sweep in day two of the Air Force Diving Invitational. Over the two-day competition, a Utah diver took gold in four of six events.
“This was a statement meet for us,” said Utah head diving coach Richard Marschner. “To win four of six events against such tough competition is incredible. The best part is that no one is completely satisfied with the meet and we all know that there is work to do and a lot of room to improve. This sets us up for an exciting championship season.”
The day began with the men’s 1-meter dives where all five Utes earned spots in the final round. The Utes snagged the top three spots in the event led by Nelson Foo with 333.25 points. Freshmen Jacob Crayne and Josiah Purss finished second and third (330.65, 316.90), Brandon Stoppelmoor snagged the fifth-place spot (295.00) and Caleb Harrick was seventh (284.20).
After a seventh-place finish in the 3-meter preliminaries, Kersten Merry came back in the finals to win the event with a score of 300.90.
The Utes ended the competition with a bang, taking the top four spots in the men’s platform dives. Herrick earned first for the Utes with 317.35 points. Purss was the runner-up (303.50) and Foo was third (297.80). Crayne stole fourth place as Stoppelmoor rounded out the Utes effort in seventh (244.45).
The Utes complete the Air Force Invitational with 15 top-five finishes.
Utah Men’s Swimming and Diving returns to Cadet Natatorium next weekend to face the Falcons at 5 p.m. MT.