Halfway Around The World, Hartley Wins Again
March 24, 2006
Less than a week after winning two titles at the NCAA Championships, USC senior Blythe Hartley returned to the top step of the medal stand - halfway around the world - when she won the 1-meter springboard on Friday (March 24) at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.
Competing for Canada, Hartley won the 1-meter with 644.45 points, well ahead of her closest competitors.
Hartley won the World Championship in the event in 2005 and 2001 and won silver medals in the event at the past two Commonwealth Games.
Hartley is also a Canadian Olympic medallist, a five-time NCAA champion, an eight-time Pac-10 champion, a three-time NCAA Women's Diver of the Year and four-time Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Year. She reached the final of every NCAA event in which she's competed to become a 12-time All-American and has won one Olympic medal, three World Championships medals, three Commonwealth medals and 16 Canadian titles.
She will compete on the 3-meter springboard on Saturday (March 25).
Hartley finished her illustrious USC career by winning the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard titles at the 2006 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and was named the 2006 NCAA Women's Diver of the Year (her third such honor). By winning both events in the same meet, she became just the fourth NCAA woman to accomplish the feat (she was already the only NCAA woman ever to own NCAA titles in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform events).