COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The New Mexico State women’s diving team wrapped up the first day of the two-day Air Force Academy Diving Invitational by competing in two events on Friday, the 1-meter springboard and the platform.
Sophomores Audrey Ruiz and Lauren Reifel, along with senior Jaymee Porter, are representing NM State in the 16-team invitational, which includes some of the best divers in the western United States and also includes three other WAC diving teams.
“This meet is a great way to start the championship season,” Aggie diving coach Kyle Bogner said, “especially with schools from the WAC competing.”
The day began with the 1-meter springboard competition, which had 54 divers compete in the preliminary round with the top 12 advancing to the final round. Unfortunately for the Aggies, that number was not 13.
Ruiz finished the prelim round in 13th place with a total score of 244.00, less than four points from the 12th position which would have advanced her to the final round.
Porter made it two NM State divers in the top 20 during the prelims of the 1-meter, finishing in a tie for 20th place with a total score of 231.45. Reifel, meanwhile, finished in 43rd with a total score of 204.05.
“The women did well today on the 1-meter,” Bogner said. “Meets like this are invaluable because they provide the opportunity to compete in a championship format event.”
There were no prelims in the platform event, just one final round. Ruiz once again led the Aggies after finishing in 28th place with a score of 171.15 while Reifel finished in 37th place with a total score of 148.45.
The Texas A&M Aggies swept both events on Friday with Madison Hudkins winning the 1-meter and Jessica Macaulay winning the platform.
The Air Force Diving Invite concludes Saturday with the final event, the 3-meter springboard. Preliminaries for the event are scheduled to begin at 11:25 a.m. (MT) with the final round scheduled for a 2:25 p.m. (MT) start.
Saturday’s event will be the final time NM State’s three divers will compete before heading to the WAC Championships in San Antonio, which begin on Feb. 26.