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Utah Diver Josiah Purss Qualifies for NCAA Championships

Crayne is fourth-highest placing freshman in the 3-meter

Crayne is fourth-highest placing freshman in the 3-meter

March 15, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of Utah made a lasting impression during day two of the NCAA Zone Diving Championships at Cadet Natatorium on Friday as freshman Josiah Purss became the second male diver in school history to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Purss’ eighth-place finish in the 3-meter today (679.65) complimented his fourth-place finish in the 1-meter on Thursday to earn the qualification.

“It’s extremely exciting to have another team member heading to Indy for NCAAs,” Utah’s Interim Director of Swimming & Diving coach Richard Marschner said. “Our team is alive and well and is competing with a chip on its shoulder.”

Senior Brandon Stoppelmoor and freshman Jacob Crayne both appeared in the 3-meter final with Stoppelmoor taking 15th (604.80) and Crayne placing 16th (604.80). Stoppelmoor’s finish was his highest-ever placing at the Zone Championships, while Crayne’s placing was the fourth-highest for a freshman.

Sophomore Kersten Merry added a ninth-place finish in the 1-meter (542.25) for her second top-10 finish of the championships.

“I’m extremely proud of this team,” said Marschner. “They have stayed focused on their goals and all their hard work is paying off.”

The NCAA Zone Championships come to a close tomorrow with the men’s and women’s platform dives. Follow the live results at divemeets.com.

The NCAA Women’s Championships begin on March 21 and the men's meet will follow, beginning on March 28. 



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