Mavs’ Martin, Purkapile become All-Americans
Brock Martin earning All-American honors in diving is old hat.
The Colorado Mesa senior has been there, done that, and Thursday he did it again. Martin became an All-American for the sixth time when he placed fifth in the men’s 1-meter diving competition at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
What Briana Purkapile did, on the other hand, was new to the Mavericks’ swimming and diving program. The senior became the first swimmer, male or female, to become an All-American when she placed eighth Thursday in the women’s 400-yard individual medley.
Purkapile broke the Mavericks’ school record in the event with a time of 4 minutes, 26.58 seconds.
Martin totaled 506.2 points in placing fifth, 46.2 points behind the champion, and he’ll try to cap his career with one more All-American honor when he competes in the 3-meter diving competition Saturday.
Also for the CMU men, sophomore Justin Hastings set a school record in the 100 butterfly and placed 11th in 48.8 seconds, and senior teammate Kent Olsen-Stavrakas was 19th (49.48) in the same event. In the 200 freestyle, the Mavs’ Jarren Brinton was 46th in 1:41.87.
Mesa’s men’s and women’s teams each are tied for 21st in the team standings.
The national championships continue through Saturday.