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Kansas sophomore erin mertz became the first KU diver to earn All-American honors since 1996.

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KU diver Mertz in her own class

As ecstatic as Kansas University diver Erin Mertz was to qualify for this season’s NCAA swimming and diving championships — and she was very much ecstatic — she couldn’t help but dwell on the one drawback that comes with establishing yourself as one of the nation’s finest aquatic performers.


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