|Divers off to Air Force Meet|
The University of Idaho divers are traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday to compete in the Air Force Academy Diving Invitational. Seniors Paige Hunt and Mairin Jameson are two of the Vandals competing this weekend with hopes of coming out on top.
“I think these are all stepping stones for all of the divers,” diving coach Kelly Gufford said. “The more meets we can be in and the higher level of competition, the better we’re going to perform. We’ve been doing intense workouts, really high and tough skill sets, and they’re responding great.”
During last year’s invite, Hunt placed 13th in the 1-meter dive with a score of 247.15, 18th in the 3-meter with a score of 245.65, and seventh in the platform with a score of 204.05.
Jameson also did well last year. She placed 14th in the platform with a score of 182.05, 38th in the 1-meter with a score of 194.35, and 31st in the 3-meter with a score of 218.10.
“We value competition,” head swimming and diving coach Mark Sowa said. “This is nice because it’s a high level competition and we’ll see divers that are both in the WAC but also in other conferences like the Mountain West and PAC-12. Both Paige and Marin have some pretty lofty goals for the Zone Meet and this will be a lot like the format for that meet and the WAC.”
The event is Friday and Saturday with competition beginning at 9 a.m. each day.
“I think those kids have really taken a big step forward this year,” Sowa said. “Coach Gufford has done a tremendous job selling that image to them, that they need to embrace harder dives and a more specific skill set, and they’ve done a good job of that. It’ll be fun to watch them try and put it together for conference.”