Samaniego Leads UCLA With 2nd-Place Finish on 3M at Pac-10's
Feb. 9, 2007
The divers for the No. 16 Bruin swim and dive team had an impressive first day of competition at the Pac-10 Championships as the Bruins finished second, third, fourth and sixth on three-meter. Stanford's Cassidy Krug won the competition with a score of 367.30.
Sophomore Marisa Samaniego, last year's Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, led the team with her second-place finish and lifetime-best score of 324.20. Seniors Sara Clark (300.35) and Amanda Blong (299.95) finished third and fourth, respectively. Sophomore Tess Schofield rounded out the Bruin finalists with her sixth-place finish. Schofield posted a score of 270.6, diving lifetime-best scores in the prelims and finals.
'I've never had as great a day as this,' said dive coach Tom Stebbins. 'We really put together some nice things tonight and put a lot of pressure on the leader, but she's just a little outside of where we are at right now.
'I couldn't be happier for this group. They really carried themselves well, were professional and did a good job competing all night long.
'These days are always long and tough, and we managed ourselves well. We dove at a level we were working for all year. As much as I'd like to say it was totally the design, we had special things happening today. My kids were awesome.'
In the prelims, Clark led the team in the No. 2 spot with a score of 299.80. Blong (284.95), Samaniego (282.00) and Schofield (260.60) finished the prelims in the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots as all four advanced to the finals.
Tomorrow, the one-meter competition will take place, followed by the platform event on Sunday.
'We are looking forward to four more sessions of diving. We are going to celebrate today for a little while longer and then turn our focus to the rest of the meet.