Pac-10 Diving Championships: Day 2
Feb. 10, 2007
FEDERAL WAY, WA - The Women's One-Meter and Men's Three-Meter Finals took place on Saturday, at the Pac-10 Diving Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
The final results from Saturday's women's 1M championship looked much like the results from the 1M Final the day before. Stanford senior Cassidy Krug repeated as Champion in the 1M final with a score of 293.45. Once again, three UCLA divers followed close behind, in second sophomore Marisa Samaniego (287.40), third went to senior Sara Clark (283.30) and senior Amanda Blong (276.30) took fourth. Cal freshman Sam Young (261.85) rounded out the top five.
Krug struggled on her fourth dive, but pulled out the win on her fifth and six dives, an inward two-and-a-half somersault, followed, by a reverse
'Really it was only a fair performance,' Stanford coach Dr 'I think putting in the reverse two-and-a-half and the inward two-and-a-half might have been a little bit too big for her. But no other girl in the country does them, maybe in the world.'
Despite the challenging dive list Krug still managed to win the event.
'There are always things you can do better, but overall it was good enough,' Krug said. 'It's exciting when everyone is throwing pretty good dives.'
Since joining the Cardinal Krug has place in the top three in both spring board events at the Pac-10 Championships.
The eight qualifiers for the Women's 1M Finals came from five Pac-10 schools, UCLA(3), Stanford (2), Arizona (1), Cal (1) and USC (1).
For the second day in a row, Krug qualified first for the final in the finals and once again she was followed by the three UCLA divers in the dive order.
Mens 3M final
When the water settled after the Men's 3m Final Arizona State red-shirt freshmen Micky Benedetti stood at the top of the podium. Benedetti who hails from Rome Italy, had an outstanding performance and won the event by more than 70 points with a score of 433.10.
''I'm really really happy,' Benedetti said. 'This is not my personal best, but I've never dove this good [in competition]. I'm glad I did my best dives, and I won.'
Yesterday Benedetti qualified first for the 1M Final but struggled in the competition and finished fourth. Today he said, he took it easier in the prelims and relaxed in the final.
'I think Micky settled down a little bit,' Arizona State head coach Mark Bradshaw said. 'Yesterday he was probably trying to measure up to our past success in the men's events and he probably over tried. This is how he dives, so I'm not surprised.'
Benedetti agreed with his coach.
'Yesterday I had too much pressure on me and I was struggling,' Benedetti said. 'Today I dove easy in the prelims, just tried to make the Final, and in the Final I dove my best.
Each of Benedetti's dives averaged a score of 70-plus points.
'I wanted to keep that average,' Benedetti said. 'I started really well with the first three, and the last three are the hardest ones, so I tried to really focus on keeping my average high.'USC senior Kenny Jenkins (360.55) placed second and Stanford freshman Dwight Dumais (346.95), making it the second year in a row that he has finished in the top three in both the 1M and 3M Finals.
Stanford senior Kevin McLean (324.45) and Cal sophomore Sam Helvie (322.40) finished out the top five.
The 3M Final featured divers from Stanford (3), USC (2), CAL (1), Arizona (1) and ASU(1).On Sunday, the third and final day of the Pac-10 Diving Championship, the men and the women will compete in platform diving.
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