Young Finishes 6th in Platform Final at Pac-10 Diving Championships

Feb. 11, 2007

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - California freshman Samantha Young took sixth place in the platform final on the last day of the Pac-10 Diving Championships on Sunday afternoon at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Young, who took fifth place on the one-meter springboard yesterday, scored 222.65 in the platform final.

In the platform preliminary earlier in the day, Young had taken fifth place, with a score of 215.35, and fellow Golden Bears freshman Stephanie Whalen had taken 14th place, with a 170.80.

'Sam did really well,' Cal diving coach Tom Davidson said. 'She set a new personal high in the prelim and then in the final she set it again. And also Stephanie increased her personal best by about 30 points. She dove very solid. I was very happy with her performance the entire weekend.'

This was only the second collegiate competition on the platform for the Cal divers, who also competed in the event at the Georgia Invitational last December.

'Sam has been practicing really well on the platform, so I expected her to make finals,' Davidson said. 'For her to finish sixth was a great accomplishment for her.'

The Cal swimmers are back in action this week at their Pac-10 Championships Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 14-17, in Long Beach, Calif. The Cal diving contingent is back in action at the NCAA Zone E Regional March 1-3 in Oklahoma City, Okla., where Young will compete for the chance to reach the swimming and diving NCAA Championships March 8-10 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Cal Results

Platform Final
6. Samantha Young 222.65.

Platform Preliminary
5. Samantha Young 215.35. 14. Stephanie Whalen 170.80.