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  McKenze Murphy
McKenze Murphy

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lakeside Park, KY

High School:
Dixie Heights HS

Height:
5-6

Events:
Diving

  • Three-time All-American

    Collegiate Career Bests: 1-Meter Champ. (393.75); 1-Meter Dual (288.75); 1-Meter Six Optionals (275.55); 3-Meter Champ. (521.25); 3-Meter Dual (307.20); Platform (458.55)

    General: Begins her fourth and final season at Stanford ... A power diver and the team's best on the platform ... Looking to return to the NCAA Championships after missing out on qualifying last season ... Qualified for the NCAA's in each of her first two seasons and has earned a total of three All-American honors ... Has the skills necessary to become an NCAA champion ... Very strong and has one of the best entries in the country, a rare combination reserved for some of the nation's top divers ... Looking to regain her consistency and rhythm, while increasing her aesthetics to reach the next level of diving.

    As a Junior in 2001-02: Finished fifth in the platform (399.00) and 10th in the three-meter at the NCAA Zone E Meet to miss out on qualifying for the NCAA Championships ... Finished fifth at the Pac-10's in both the three-meter (483.60) and the platform (387.45), as well as seventh in the one-meter (252.85) ... Won the three-meter at the Texas Invite (12/1) with a score of 500.20 ... Had five regular season dual meet victories, three in one-meter action and two in three-meter competition ... Had the team's best score in one-meter dual (288.75) and three-meter championship (509.15) scoring.

    As a Sophomore in 2000-01: Earned a pair of All-American honors by finishing fifth in the one-meter (299.25) and seventh in the platform (403.00) at the NCAA Championships ... Had a nice NCAA Zone E Meet, finishing second in the platform (427.05), third in the one-meter (272.00) and fifth in the three-meter (464.60) ... Placed second in both the platform (career-best 458.55) and three-meter (504.80), while finishing seventh in the one-meter (267.15) at the Pac-10 Championships ... Finished with Stanford's best performance of the year in one-meter championship (299.25), one-meter dual (281.4) and three-meter dual (288.375) scoring ... Set both dual team season-high marks with a pair of victories in one-meter and three-meter competitions in a meet at California (2/10) ... Won regular season platform diving events versus Texas/SMU (2/3) and at the Texas Invitational (12/3), as well as a one-meter event versus USC (1/26).

    As a Freshman in 1999-2000: Named the Pac-10 Diving Freshman/Newcomer of the Year ... Finished 11th at the NCAA Championships to earn All-American honors in the platform (402.65), while placing 19th in the one-meter (381.80) and 23rd in the three-meter (442.15) ... Finished fourth in the one-meter (393.75) and fifth in the platform (420.90) at the NCAA Zone E Meet ... Had a big meet at the Pac-10 Championships by placing second in the platform (412.15), third in the three-meter (469.80) and ninth in the one-meter (355.77) ... Came up with a nice performance in the team's final regular season dual meet, taking second-place in both the one-meter (168.70) and three-meter (195.35) ... Had an excellent showing at the All-American Meet hosted by Texas (1/5), finishing second in the three-meter competition with a score of 487.40.

    International/National Competition: Finished 22nd in the one-meter (204.99) and 28th in the three-meter (214.13) at the 2002 Summer Senior Nationals ... Finished 12th in the three-meter (430.65) and 22nd in the platform (195.06) at the 2001 Summer Senior Nationals ... Had an excellent summer in 2000 and nearly made the US National Team ... Placed ninth on the platform at the 2000 Summer Senior Nationals ... Qualified for the 1994 and 1996 Junior Can-Am-Mex teams ... Won the platform for ages 14-15 at the Junior Nationals ... Qualified for the 1995 Junior World team that traveled to China ... Has competed in Canada, China and Mexico.

    High School: A 1999 graduate of Dixie Heights High School ... Named her school's Student of the Year in 1998-99 ... A three-time prep All-American ... State one-meter champion in junior and senior seasons ... Attended the same high school as recently graduated Stanford diving teammate Kim Powers ... Coached by Charlie Casuto ... Also played soccer and participated in track and field as a prep, setting the school record in the discus in 1999 ... Named her school's Athlete of the Year in 1999.

    Club: Cincinnati Stingrays ... Coached by Charlie Casuto.

    Personal: Cultural and Social Anthropology major ... Daughter of Timothy and Shannon Murphy ... Spent the summer of 2002 as the head diving coach for the Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park ... Spent the summer of 2001 as a tour guide for Stanford ... Was a competitive gymnast for seven years ... Wide array of hobbies also include surfing, golf and soccer ... Father was a collegiate pitcher and quarterback as a two-sport athlete at Xavier.

    Coaching Staff on Murphy: "McKenze has proven that she can be one of the best divers in the country, and we need her to regain that form in her senior season. She has all the skills necessary to be an NCAA champion. She is an excellent diver with one of the best entries in the country."


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