Pac-10 Men's Diving Awards Announced
April 12, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
ARIZONA STATE senior Joona Puhakka and head coach Mark Bradshaw were named Pac-10 Diver and Coach of the Year, respectively, for the fourth straight year, while STANFORD's Dwight Dumais was named Newcomer of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Puhakka, from Helsinki, Finland, was named Diver of the Meet after winning titles in both the one-meter and three-meter springboard at the Pac-10 Championships in Federal Way, Wash. Three years ago, he became the first Sun Devil diver in school history to win two individual Conference titles in the same season, a feat he has accomplished each year of his collegiate career. Puhakka is the first diver in Conference history to earn eight Pac-10 diving championships. Last season, Puhakka won the one and three-meter national titles at the 2005 NCAA Championships, earning his second career national title in each event. Puhakka had previously won the NCAA three-meter springboard title in 2004 and the one-meter in 2003.
Dumais, a freshman from Ventura, Calif., finished second in both springboard events at the 2006 Pac-10 Diving Championships. He also took third on the platform. At the NCAA Championships, Dumais placed ninth on the one-meter springboard, 17th in the three-meter springboard, and 14th in the platform event.
In his ninth year at Arizona State, Bradshaw helped the Sun Devil swimming and diving team to a fifth place finish at the Pac-10 Championships and a 14th place finish at the NCAA Championships. Bradshaw, who has earned two NCAA Diving Coach of the Year awards, has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year the past four seasons.
The Diver, Newcomer and Coach of the Year honors are determined by a coaches vote.