California's Sam Helvie and Samantha Young Named Pac-10 Divers of the Month

Feb. 6, 2008

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA divers Sam Helvie and Samantha Young have been named Pac-10 Divers of the Month for January, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Helvie, a junior from Bakersfield, Calif., captured the 1-meter title against both Arizona and Arizona State during the last weekend of January. Against the Wildcats, Helvie scored 346.65 on the 1-meter and a 321.60 on the 3-meter for second place. Against the Sun Devils, he improved on his 1-meter score to record a season-best of 351.52 and placed third on the 3-meter with a score of 324.37.

This is the third monthly honor for Helvie and California's third men's Diver of the Month all-time.

Young, a sophomore from Shoreline, Wash., placed in the Top-4 for every one of her dives in January. Her best 1-meter score for the month was 255.37 which won her first place against the Sun Devils. Her best score for the 3-meter was 271.00 which also helped her capture first place against the USC Trojans.

This is the first monthly honor for Young and California's first women's Diver of the Month all-time.

2007-08 PAC-10 MEN'S DIVER OF THE MONTH: Nov. - Micky Benedetti, ASU; Dec. - Micky Benedetti, ASU; Jan. - Sam Helvie, CAL.

2007-08 PAC-10 WOMEN'S DIVER OF THE MONTH: Nov. - Marisa Samaniego, UCLA; Dec. - Meg Hostage, STAN; Jan. - Samantha Young, CAL.

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