Pac-10 Men's Diving Awards
April 5, 2002
ARIZONA'S OMAR OJEDA NAMED DIVER OF THE YEAR
ARIZONA STATE'S THOMAS McCRUMMEN NAMED NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
ARIZONA'S MICHELE MITCHELL-ROCHA NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
WALNUT CREEK. -- ARIZONA's Omar Ojeda has been named Pacific-10 Conference Men's Diver of the Year while the Wildcats' Michele Mitchell-Rocha has been named and Coach of the Year for the third consecutive time. ARIZONA STATE's Thomas McCrummen has been named Newcomer of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Ojeda, from Edo Mex, Mexico, pulled off a sweep at this season's Pac-10 Diving Championships by winning the platform, one-meter and three-meter events. He won all three evens at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships as well. Ojeda placed sixth in the one-meter and three-meter events at the NCAA Championships.
McCrummen, from Laguna Niguel, Calif., is the first diver to win the Newcomer of the Year award for Arizona State. The freshman Sun Devil placed third in the three-meter and fourth in the one-meter events at the Pac-10 Diving Championships.
In her sixth year at the helm of the Arizona diving program, Mitchell-Rocha collects her third consecutive Coach of the Year award. She guided the Wildcats to their third consecutive first-place finish at the Championships and helped lead Arizona to three individual titles and 11 top-eight finishes. The Men's Coach of the Year award is the fourth of Mitchell-Rocha's career.
The Conference awards are voted on by the coaches.
PAC-10 MEN'S DIVERS AND COACHES OF THE YEAR
Diver of the Year Coach of the Year Newcomer of the Year
1994 Brian Earley, USC Rick Earley, USC ---
1995 David Johns, STAN Rick Schavone, STAN ---
1996 Brian Spears, ARIZ Cynthia Potter, ARIZ ---
1997 Jimmy Sjodin, STAN Michele Mitchell-Rocha, ARIZ ---
1998 Justin Dumais, USC Jeff Shaffer, USC ---
1999 Justin Dumais, USC Jeff Shaffer, USC ---
2000 Ruben Vaca, ARIZ Michele Mitchell-Rocha, ARIZ Ruben Vaca, ARIZ
2001 Omar Ojeda, ARIZ Michele Mitchell-Rocha, ARIZ Omar Ojeda, ARIZ
2002 Omar Ojeda, ARIZ Michele Mitchell-Rocha, ARIZ Thomas McCrummen, ASU