Stanford's Caroline Bruce, USC's Blythe Hartley and Arizona State's Joona Puhakka Named Pac-10 Women's Swimmer, Women's and Men's Diver of the Championships
March 4, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD swimmer Caroline Bruce has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimmer of the Meet for the Pac-10 Championships, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. In addition, USC's Blythe Hartley was named the Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Championship, while ARIZONA STATE'S Joona Puhakka was named the Pac-10 Men's Diver of the Championship, Commissioner Hansen announced.
Bruce, a freshman from Wichita, Kan., won three events at the Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championship , held Feb. 23-26 in Federal Way, Wash. She earned NCAA qualifying times while winning the 400 yard IM, the 200 yard IM and the 200 yard breaststroke. Bruce took the 400 IM in a time of 4:10.31, the 200 IM in 1:58.40 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:09.76, helping Stanford win their third Pac-10 women's swimming team title in the last four years.
Hartley, a junior from North Vancouver, B.C., took home the Pac-10 title in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard, giving her six diving titles for her career. She won three Conference titles in 2003 and another in 2002. She won the 1-meter and platform events at the 2002 NCAA Championships, and was named the Pac-10 and NCAA Women's Diver of the Year. Hartley took off the 2004 season to train for the Summer Olympics in Athens.
Puhakka, a junior from Helsinki, Finland, defended his Pac-10 titles at the Men's Diving Championship, also held in Federal Way. He took first place in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard, becoming the first man to win the Pac-10 title in the 3-meter on three occasions and the first man to win three Pac-10 championships in the 1-meter and 3-meter events. He is the 2003 national champion in the 1-meter event and the 2004 national champion in the 3-meter.