Utah ends season ranked 33rd in the country.
Purss takes 20th on 3-meter board.
Utes earn two All-American honors after Day 1 of NCAA Championships
NCAA Championships held Mar. 28-30 in Indianapolis.
One of only three to place in top eight in all three disciplines.
Richard Marschner is in his third season with the University of Utah swimming & diving program. He was appointed Interim Director of the entire program on Feb. 28, 2013 and will continue to coach the divers.
As the Ute diving coach, Marschner has coached five divers to the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships with three athletes earning top-10 finishes.
During the 2011-2012 season, Marschner led his divers to four top-10 finishes and three top-five finishes at the Pac-12 Diving Championships. This includes Nelson Foo's bronze finish in platform dives. At the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships, the Utes snagged three top-10 spots.
In 2010-11, Marschner coached Ellis Walters and Nelson Foo to Diver of the Week honors and All-Mountain West Conference selection. All five members of the Utah diving team grabbed top-eight finishes at the MWC Championships with four divers placing in the top-20 at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships.
While attending the University of Louisville, Marschner was a four-time Conference USA diving runner-up and qualified for the 2003 and 2004 NCAA Diving Zone qualifiers. He graduated from Louisville in 2005 with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Justice Administration.
Following graduation, Richard worked in multiple high diving shows around the world from 2005-2007 including places like Dalian, China; Metz, France and Lake George, NY. He performed multiple stunts including 70 foot high-dives, fire-dives and other stunts at various theme parks.
While still in college, Marschner spent his summers as the head diving coach at the Owl Creek Country Club, coaching kids ages five to 18. While coaching there, he was named Country Club Swim Association 2003 Dive Coach of the year. From 2004-2007, Marschner was the head coach of the high school group as well as an assistant coach for Junior Olympic group for the Louisville Area Diving club team. In late 2007, he was announced to be the first diving coach at the University of New Orleans since 1992 and was charged with restarting the dormant program. While at UNO, he coached two divers to the NCAA Zone D meet, had divers finish in the top-eight 11 times in two years at the Sun Belt Conference Championships, and two divers were on the Sun Belt Conference Honor Roll with the whole men's team having the eighth-highest GPA in the US.
Prior to coming to Utah, Marschner was the head diving coach at UNO as well as for the Green Acres Country Club in Metairie, La.