Merry pulls out a win against BYU, despite a foot injury.
Jan. 9, 2013
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – After helping the University of Utah Swimming and Diving squad to a 3-1 record in the month of December, sophomore Kersten Merry and junior Caleb Herrick have been named Pac-12 Conference Divers of the Month in a Utah sweep of the conference’s monthly diving awards.
“Richard (Marschner), our diving coach, has done an unbelievable job with this program over the last three years,” Utah Head Swimming & Diving coach Greg Winslow said. “Our athletes have a lot of fun and are always excited about practice. For them to represent the Pac-12 Conference and to actually be voted Pac-12 Divers of the Month is amazing. It is a big step forward for our program. I am really proud of our divers.”
Merry boosted the Ute women’s squad to a victory over BYU on Dec. 1, topping the 1-meter with a score of 304.95 and placing fourth in the 3-meter (263.32). At Arizona State, Merry earned another crown in the 1-meter (301.05), while taking third in the 3-meter (274.50).
Herrick grabbed a win in the 3-meter (343.12) against BYU, while also taking fourth in the 1-meter (287.92) against the Cougars. In the 1-meter at ASU, Herrick earn the runner-up slot (288.98), with a fourth-place finish in the 3-meter (253.35).
“This is a big honor and step for our program and for both Caleb and Kersten to receive it makes it even more exciting,” Utah Head Diving coach Richard Marschner said. “Kersten's performance was especially notable because she seriously injured her foot when she hit the board in warm ups for the BYU meet and she still gutted it out victories. She needed two weeks off to recover from it and then went out and won the 1-meter event at ASU against two of the top divers in the Pac-12.
Merry and Herrick are the first-ever Utes to earn Pac-12 Diver of the Month recognition.
Utah resumes competition on Friday, Jan. 18 with a home meet against Denver. Action from Ute Natatorium begins at 6 p.m. MT.