Pacific-10 Conference Diving Championships

Feb. 23, 2006

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - USC senior Blythe Hartley (North Vancouver, BC) led the way in the women's one-meter dive at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Thursday to capture her fourth Pac-10 championship in the event. In the preliminaries, Hartley recorded a 342.85 to lead all divers. Hartley continued on that pace into the finals scoring a 358.45 to win the women's one-meter Pac-10 championship.

'(Winning the one-meter championship) feels good,' said Hartley. 'I'm happy with my performance. I was very consistent throughout the whole day, so I'm pleased with it.'

Stanford junior Cassidy Krug (Coraopolis, Pa.), last season's one-meter Pac-10 champion, finished in second place scoring a 331.80 in the finals. In the preliminaries, Krug recorded the third-highest score in the field of divers with a 281.75. Arizona senior Tiffany Manning (San Diego, Calif.) finished third at the meet scoring a 308.50 in the finals. Manning recorded a 291.10 in the preliminaries for the second-highest score in the field.

Rounding out the top eight in the women's one-meter final was UCLA senior Sara Clark (Los Gatos, Calif.), UCLA freshman Marisa Samaniego (Altadena, Calif.), USC senior Lindsay Draper (Woodinville, Wash.), UCLA senior Paige Thompson (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Arizona State freshman Erin Hobbs (Calgary, Alberta).

In the men's three-meter championship, ASU senior Joona Puhakka (Helsinki, Finland) captured his fourth straight Pac-10 three-meter title. In the finals, Puhakka recorded a score of 429.80 and he also led the preliminaries with a tally of 393.75.

'This is a big relief for me to be able to go through this meet successfully,' said Puhakka. 'I just wanted to relax and do what I can.'

Stanford freshman Dwight Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) finished second in the three-meter final with a score of 371.20 after recording the fourth-highest score during the preliminaries with a 337.60. Finishing in third place was USC junior Kenny Jenkins (Rockville, Md.) recording a score of 352.50 in the finals. During the preliminaries, Jenkins recorded a 334.10 for the sixth-highest score going into the finals.

Rounding out the top eight of the men's three-meter final was USC junior Michael Hilde (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Arizona senior John Collier (Ft. Thomas, Ky.), ASU senior Brant Bingham (Mesa, Ariz.), Stanford sophomore Nathan Kim (St. Paul, Minn.) and ASU freshman Billy Sweeney (Tempe, Ariz.).

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