Pacific-10 Conference Diving Championships
Feb. 24, 2006
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The Pac-10 Diving Championships continued Friday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. The men competed in the one-meter dive while the women dove from the three-meter springboard.
For the fourth straight year, Arizona State senior Joona Puhakka (Helsinki, Finland) won the men's one-meter Pac-10 diving championship. The title marks Puhakka's eighth Pac-10 championship. In the finals, Puhakka recorded a score of 417.00 and also led all divers in the preliminaries tallying a score of 398.80.
'He won his eighth Pac-10 championship in record form,' said ASU Diving Coach Mark Bradshaw. 'He was very solid today and he's got to maintain this over the course of the next month to NCAAs.'
Stanford freshman Dwight Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) finished in second place for the second day in a row scoring a 371.20 in the finals of the one-meter dive. Dumais recorded a 346.15 in the preliminaries for the second-highest score of all divers in the event. In a close final for third place, USC junior Kenny Jenkins (Rockville, Md.) recorded a score of 342.55 in the finals to secure the third spot on the podium. In the preliminaries, Jenkins tallied a score of 303.60 to place him sixth among all divers.
Rounding out the top eight in the men's one-meter dive were ASU senior Brant Bingham (Mesa, Ariz.), USC junior Michael Hilde (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Arizona senior John Collier (Ft. Thomas, Ky.), Arizona sophomore Patrick Sullivan (Milton, Wis.) and Cal sophomore Javier Rivas (Long Beach, Calif.).
On the women's side, USC senior Blythe Hartley (North Vancouver, BC) came away with her second Pac-10 championship this weekend with a score of 387.75 in the three-meter diving final. She also scored highest among all divers during the preliminaries with a 375.40. It was Hartley's second consecutive three-meter Pac-10 title and her eighth Pac-10 championship overall.
'She (Hartley) is a world class diver,' said USC Head Diving Coach Hongping Li. 'She is able to deliver when this time comes. Besides her talent and natural ability, she's trained real hard and that really makes a difference.'
Stanford junior Cassidy Krug (Coraopolis, Calif.) finished second in the finals with a score of 354.90. Krug finished third in the preliminaries with a score of 319.00. Arizona senior Tiffany Manning (San Diego, Calif.) tallied a score of 343.75 in the finals to finish third overall. Manning scored a 327.85 in the preliminaries for the second-highest score among all divers.
Rounding out the top eight in the women's three-meter dive were UCLA junior Sara Clark (Los Gatos, Calif.), Stanford sophomore Katie Lampe (Los Gatos, Calif.), UCLA senior Paige Thompson (Phoenix, Ariz.), Stanford senior Sara Bowling (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) and Arizona junior Megan MacDonald (Aurora, Colo.).
The Pac-10 Diving Championships will continue tomorrow with the men and women both competing on the platform.