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Utah Divers Complete First Day of NCAA Zone Diving Championships

Kersten Merry grabs sixth in the 3-meter.

Kersten Merry grabs sixth in the 3-meter.

March 14, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Utah diving team posted two top-10 efforts in the women's 3-meter and men's 1-meter events on day one of the NCAA Zone Championships at Cadet Natatorium on Thursday.

Interim Director of Swimming and Diving Richard Marschner was very happy with the performance saying, "The whole team had a phenomenal day on the boards. Josiah's fourth-place finish should be enough to qualify him for NCAAs, while Kersten is right on the bubble. We have stronger events tomorrow so hopefully we can secure our spots at NCAAs on our own accord."

Freshman Josiah Purss grabbed the Utes highest finish of the day, narrowly missing a podium finish in the 1-meter. His fourth place finish was the second-highest placing for a Ute at the meet in school behind only Sterling Richards' second place finish in 2006. Purss held off 2008 and 2012 Olympian Riley McCormick in the final round to secure to finish in fourth place.

After placing seventh in the preliminaries, freshman Jacob Crayne landed in 15th in the 1-meter final with 591.50 points. The Utes were the only team at the competition to have two freshmen place in the top 15.

Sophomore Kersten Merry placed sixth on the 3-meter with 604.70 points. After qualifying for finals in 14th place, she made up over 23 points on the field while posting a six-dive score of 318.05, which was her lifetime best score in the event.

"We have our better events tomorrow and hopefully we carry the momentum from today over to tomorrow. It's going to be fun to watch" Marschner said.

The Utes get back in the water tomorrow for the women's 1-meter and men's 3-meter. Follow the live results at divemeets.com.



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