Cowboys Mullin Headed to NCAA Swim/Dive Championships
Cowboys sophomore diver Scotia Mullin will compete at the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend in Minneapolis, Minn. The championships opened Wednesday, but Mullin's first competition will be in the three-meter springboard on Friday. He will also compete in the platform on Saturday.
The field for the three-meter is comprised of 47 divers, while the competition on the platform includes 43 total divers. Mullin is the only competitor from the Western Athletic Conference in each event.
This year will be Mullin’s first appearance on the three-meter at the NCAA Championships. He placed ninth at the NCAA Zone E Championships on March 5 to earn a spot at the event. Mullin holds the fifth-best score in school history in the event, scoring a 351.95 last season.
Mullin is making his second NCAA Championship appearance on the platform. He finished second at the NCAA Zone E Championships to earn a bid for the second-consecutive season. At the 2017 NCAA Championships, Mullin finished 14th to earn All-American honorable mention, the second Cowboy in school history to receive All-American accolades in the event. Mullin also holds the second-highest score in UW history with a 423.85.
He trails only Mark Murdock, the other Cowboy to earn All-American honors in the event.
“He’s doing the same things we do at every meet and as far as expectations, show up and do the best you can,” UW head diving coach Kyle Bogner said. “I think he has the chance to do something pretty special. The three-meter is a bit of a warm-up event for him. It’s a bit different from the platform, where he has the capability to make the final but so do a lot of other people. He just needs to go out and do his best, and see how things turn out.”
Mullin was named Western Athletic Conference Diver of the Year for his second season after earning two individual titles at the 2018 WAC Championships. Mullin earned his first WAC Championship on the three-meter and his second on the platform, helping the Cowboys to their first team conference championship in 59 years.