Soon-to-be Freshman Diver, Erin Mertz, Wins AAU National Titles

Diver Erin Mertz is the AAU one-meter and three-meter national champion

July 30, 2007


Kansas diving NLI signee Erin Mertz dove her way to two national titles July 27-28 at the 2007 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Diving National Championship at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando. Mertz captured victories in the 18-year-old division in both the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions.

Mertz, who was representing the Husker Stars Diving program at AAU Nationals, finished first with a score of 393.40 in the finals of the three-meter competition following her second-place, 375.60 point preliminaries finish on the three-meter board.

Mertz's best performance of the meet came in the one-meter competition where she placed first in both preliminaries (365.60) and finals (354.90) of the event. She recorded the highest scoring dive of the meet following her near-perfect front two-and-a-half tuck dive. Mertz recorded scores of seven-and-a-half, eight, eight-and-a-half, seven-and-a-half and nine, giving her a total score of 57.60 and a first-place finish for the round.

"This was a major accomplishment for Erin as far as learning how to win," Kansas diving coach Eric Elliott said. "Erin has been to meets and been in the hunt for a victory and once you win, you learn that you have to believe that you can win going into competition. She lit it up, had a great meet and I'm extremely excited about having her at Kansas. She's going to do really, really well because the training structure is different, including weights, nutrition and conditioning- she'll really take off."

Before heading to Kansas to commence her freshman season with the Jayhawks, Mertz will compete at the USA Speedo Junior National Diving Championships in Mission Viejo, Calif., a bit tougher of a competition than AAU Nationals.



"She's very excited and hopefully she'll do the same thing," Elliott said. "USA Diving Nationals is a tough contest, they have good, quality divers that were not at AAU Nationals and she will need her `A' game."

Mertz and the Jayhawks begin their 2007-08 schedule on October 19 when they head to Ames, Iowa, for competition at the Big 12 Relays. Stay tuned to for more Kansas swimming and diving news.


Erin Mertz will join the Jayhawks this coming fall.