Sam Helvie to Compete at Zone E Diving Championships

Feb. 28, 2007

BERKELEY - California men's diver Sam Helvie will represent the Golden Bears at the Zone E Diving Championships in Okalahoma City, Okla., on March 1-3. The event will be held at the Oklahoma Community College and hosted by the US Air Force Academy.

The sophomore wrapped up the Pac-10 season at the beginning of February in Federal Way, Wash., at the 2007 Pac-10 Diving Championships. Helvie posted a 322.40 in the finals of the three-meter springboard, after he was marked with a 339.20 in the preliminary round. He also competed in the one-meter springboard (277.60, seventh) and on the platform (215.25, eighth).

At the Dallas Morning News Invitational Helvie not only won both the one-meter (358.25) and posted his career-best of 381.15 on the three-meter, but he left the invitational as the highest scoring diver of the two-day event. His marks on the one-meter and the three-meter broke previous schools records of Louie Gagnet (2004-05). Gagnet's former school record on the one-meter was 346.20 set in 2004 and his three-meter score of 368.62 was set in 2005.

Prior to the Dallas Morning News Invitational, Helvie had recorded his season-best marks at the Georgia Invitational, on the three-meter with his final mark of 319.60. To open the Pac-10 season, Helvie swept both the one and three-meter dives against Arizona. Helvie posted a 358.10 in the one-meter and a 375.00 in the three-meter.

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