Pacific-10 Announces 2008 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Top Conference Honors
April 10, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Pacific-10 Conference announced the Diver, Swimmer, Newcomer and Coach of the Year for the 2007-08 season, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. STANFORD received four of the top awards, while ARIZONA garnered three, ARIZONA STATE received two, and WASHINGTON taking one. The honors are determined by a coaches vote.
Micky Benedetti, Jr., Arizona State
Benedetti, from Rome, Italy, finished off a sweep at the Pac-10 Championships in Federal Way, Wash., taking home the title in all three events. Benedetti became only the eighth diver to win all events in the Championships since the platform was added in 1988. The three-time Pac-10 Diver of the Month went on to win the 3-meter and the platform at the NCAA Zone-E Championship. At the NCAA Championships, Benedetti finished a strong seventh place in the 1-meter, ninth overall on the platform and 10th in the 3-meter. This is the second consecutive year that Benedetti has received Diver of the Year honors.
Meg Hostage, Fr., Stanford
Hostage, a freshman from Potomac, Md., dominated her competition in just the first year of her collegiate career. At the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif., Hostage was named Pac-10 Diver of the Meet after winning the 3-meter and placing second in the 1-meter at the event. Her success continued at her first ever NCAA Zone E Meet where divers can qualify for the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Hostage captured the 1-meter diving title scoring a 577.05 on the first day and continued her strong showing on the second day by finishing second in the 3-meter event. At the NCAA championships, Hostage displayed her talent by placing second in the women's platform diving with a score of 347.20 and placed 13th in the 1-meter with a score of 283.30.
Lacey Nymeyer, Sr., Arizona
Nymeyer, a senior from Tucson, Ariz., helped the Wildcats bring home the program's first-ever NCAA title in women's swimming. She was part of the winning 200 yard free relay team which set an NCAA, meet, American and U.S. Open record with a time of 1:26.09. She also was part of the record-breaking 400 medley relay that gave the Wildcats a first-day lead of 19 points over Auburn. Nymeyer took second in the 200 free and was part of the meet and pool-record setting 800 free relay. Nymeyer also took the title in the 100 yard free with a pool-record of 47.50 and lastly took part in the final event of the meet, the 400 free relay, that solidified Arizona's title by coming in first with yet another NCAA, American, U.S. Open and meet-record time of 3:11.34. This is Nymeyer's second consecutive Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year award.
Paul Kornfeld, Jr., Stanford
Kornfeld, a junior from Kingwood Texas, won the 100 breast (52.43) and 200 breast (1:54.49) at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships. Kornfeld was also a member of the 400 medley relay (3:07.25) that took second and the 200 medley that took third (1:25.59). He was named Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet for his efforts. Kornfeld won both the 100 breast and the 200 breast (1:53.11) at the 2008 NCAA Championships. He set the school record in the 100 breast and ranks second all-time in the 200 breast at Stanford. He was the first Stanford swimmer since 2002 to win multiple national titles. Also at the NCAA's, Kornfeld was a member of the school record setting performance in the 400 medley relay (3:05.43), which finished third. He also a member of the 200 medley relay at NCAA's that finished 5th (1:25.69).
Ben Grado, Fr., ArizonaGrado, from Conifer, Colo., had an impressive rookie season as he finished in the Top 5 in all three events at his first ever Pac-10 Championships. Grason's score of 358.85 in the 1-meter was good for second place. His other dives were equally as impressive as he came in third in the 3-meter and fifth on the platform. At the NCAA Zone E Diving Regionals, Grado placed third in the 1-meter, fourth in the platform and sixth in the 3-meter.
Meg Hostage, Fr., StanfordHostage, a freshman from Potomac, Md., dominated her competition in just the first year of her collegiate career. At the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif., Hostage was named Pac-10 Diver of the Meet after winning the 3-meter and placing second in the 1-meter at the event. Her success continued at her first ever NCAA Zone E Meet where divers can qualify for the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Hostage captured the 1-meter diving title scoring a 577.05 on the first day and continued her strong showing on the second day by finishing second in the 3-meter event. At the NCAA championships, Hostage displayed her talent by placing second in the women's platform diving with a score of 347.20 and placed 13th in the 1-meter with a score of 283.30.
Austin Staab, Fr., Stanford
Staab, from Westerville, Ohio, is a six-Time All-American in his freshman season and Pac-10 Champion in the 100 fly. Staab finished third at the NCAA Championships in the 100 fly (45.61). He was a member of the school-record 400 medley relay team (3:05.43) that finished third at the NCAA Championships. He also was a member of the 200 free relay (1:17.47) team that finished 4th. Staab was a member of the 200 medley relay (1:24.95) that finished 4th at the NCAA Championships and a member of the 400 free relay (2:51.46) that finished 4th at the NCAA Championships. Staab finished 15th in the 50 free (19.59) at the NCAA Championships and 20th in the 100 free (43.33) in the prelims of the NCAA Championships. Staab also tied Ben Wildman-Tobriner's school record in the 100 fly (45.36).
Ariana Kukors, Fr., Washington
Kukors, a freshman from Mt. Sinai, N.Y., helped the 200 medley relay and the 800 free relay teams to set records at the Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships. She also garnered two Pac-10 individual titles at the Conference Championships in the 200 and 400 individual medley, becoming just the third female in UW history to accomplish that feat and qualifying for the NCAA Championships. At the national championships, Kukors placed second in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.26. She also swam to a third place finish in the 400 IM to earn All-American honors. With such an incredible showing at the championships, Kukors became the the first Husky to earn three individual All-American honors since 2003.
Frank Busch, Arizona - Women's and Men's SwimmingBusch led the Wildcats to their first-ever men's and women's swimming championships in school history during the 2007-08 season. He also was named NCAA Swimming Coach of the Year at both championships. Busch led Arizona to a third place finish at this season's Pac-10 Championships. In his 18 seasons with the Wildcats, Busch has been named NCAA Coach of the Year five times in his career and Pac-10 Coach of the Year 10 times for both men's and women's swimming.
Mark Bradshaw, Arizona State - Men's DivingIn his 11th year at Arizona State, Bradshaw helped the Sun Devil swimming and diving team to a fourth place finish at the Pac-10 Championships and a 18th place finish at the NCAA Championships. Bradshaw, who has earned two NCAA Diving Coach of the Year awards, has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year the past five seasons.
Rick Schavone, Stanford - Women's DivingIn his 30th year at Stanford, Schavone helped lead the Cardinal to a combined 37 men's and women's Pac-10 diving titles. With Hostage being the latest addition, Schavone has had at least one All-American on the women's side for 14 straight seasons and 26 of his last 27. The Women's Diving Coach of the Year award is Schavone's sixth time receiving the honor and second consecutive. The Cardinal finished the year with a third place finish at the NCAA Championships while taking the top spot in the Conference for the 27th consecutive time.
Diver of the Year Coach of the Year Newcomer of the Year1994 Brian Earley, USC Rick Earley, USC ---1995 David Johns, STAN Rick Schavone, STAN ---1996 Brian Spears, ARIZ Cynthia Potter, ARIZ ---1997 Jimmy Sjodin, STAN Michele Mitchell-Rocha, ARIZ ---1998 Justin Dumais, USC Jeff Shaffer, USC ---1999 Justin Dumais, USC Jeff Shaffer, USC ---2000 Ruben Vaca, ARIZ Michele Mitchell-Rocha, ARIZ Ruben Vaca, ARIZ2001 Omar Ojeda, ARIZ Michele Mitchell-Rocha, ARIZ Omar Ojeda, ARIZ2002 Omar Ojeda, ARIZ Michele Mitchell-Rocha, ARIZ Thomas McCrummen, ASU2003 Joona Puhakka, ASU Mark Bradshaw, ASU Joona Puhakka, ASU2004 Joona Puhakka, ASU Mark Bradshaw, ASU Michael Hilde, USC2005 Joona Puhakka, ASU Mark Bradshaw, ASU Javier Rivas, CAL2006 Joona Puhakka, ASU Mark Bradshaw, ASU Dwight Dumais, STAN2007 Micky Benedetti, ASU Mark Bradshaw, ASU Micky Benedetti, ASU2008 Micky Benedetti, ASU Mark Bradshaw, ASU Ben Grado, ARIZ
Diver of the Year Coach of the Year Newcomer of the Year1994 Kristen Walls, UCLA Ward O'Connell, ASU ---1995 Eileen Richetelli, STAN Rick Schavone, STAN ---1996 Megan Gardner, STAN Tom Scotty, UCLA ---1997 Megan Gardner, STAN Rick Schavone, STAN ---1998 Dorte Lindner, USC Jeff Shaffer, USC ---1999 Lindsay Berryman, ARIZ Rick Schavone, STAN --- Kim Powers, STAN2000 Erin Sones, STAN Rick Schavone, STAN McKenze Murphy, STAN2001 Kellie Brennan, USC Hongping Li, USC Nicci Fusaro, USC2002 Blythe Hartley, USC Hongping Li, USC Blythe Hartley, USC2003 Blythe Hartley, USC Hongping Li, USC Trisha Tumlinson, ASU2004 Trisha Tumlinson, ASU Mark Bradshaw, ASU Cassidy Krug, STAN Mary Yarrison, ARIZ2005 Blythe Hartley, USC Hongping Li, USC Brittany Renfrow, UCLA2006 Blythe Hartley, USC Hong Ping Li, USC Marisa Samaniego, UCLA2007 Cassidy Krug, STAN Rick Schavone, STAN Samantha Young, CAL2008 Meg Hostage, STAN Rick Schavone, STAN Meg Hostage, STAN
Swimmer of the Year Newcomer of the Year Coach of the Year1994 Chad Carvin, ARIZ --- Ron Ballatore, UCLA Derek Weatherford, STAN --- Skip Kenney, STAN1995 Brian Retterer, STAN --- Skip Kenney, STAN1996 Francisco Sanchez, ASU --- Dr. Ernie Maglischo, ASU Ugur Taner, CAL1997 Ryk Neethling, ARIZ --- Skip Kenney, STAN1998 Ryk Neethling, ARIZ --- Skip Kenney, STAN1999 Ryk Neethling, ARIZ --- Nort Thornton, CAL2000 Ryk Neethling, ARIZ Anthony Ervin, CAL Frank Busch, ARIZ2001 Klete Keller, USC Klete Keller, USC Skip Kenney, STAN2002 Anthony Ervin, CAL Duje Draganja, CAL Skip Kenney, STAN2003 Eric Vendt, USC Ous Mellouli, USC Skip Kenney, STAN2004 Peter Marshall, STAN Hongzhe Sun, STAN Skip Kenney, STAN2005 Duje Draganja, CAL Dominik Meichtry, CAL Skip Kenney, STAN2006 Simon Burnett, ARIZ Nate Cass, STAN Skip Kenney, STAN2007 Ben Wildman-Tobriner, STAN Jean Basson, ARIZ Skip Kenney, STAN2008 Paul Kornfeld, STAN Austin Staab, STAN Frank Busch, ARIZ
Swimmer of the Year Newcomer of the Year Coach of the Year1988 Cheryl Simmons, ARIZ --- Dick Jochums, ARIZ Jenna Johnson, STAN1989 Michelle Griglione, STAN --- Richard Quick, STAN Sarah Anderson, CAL1990 Janet Evans, STAN --- Cyndi Gallagher, UCLA1991 Crissy Ahmann-Leighton, ARIZ --- Frank Busch, ARIZ Summer Sanders, STAN1992 Summer Sanders, STAN --- Richard Quick, STAN1993 Janel Jorgenson, STAN --- Earl Ellis, WASH1994 Kristine Quance, USC --- Skip Hill, ASU1995 Beata Kaszuba, ASU --- Richard Quick, STAN Jenny Thompson, STAN1996 Kristine Quance, USC --- Mark Schubert, USC1997 Kristine Quance, USC --- Mark Schubert, USC1998 Misty Hyman, STAN --- Frank Busch, ARIZ1999 Marylyn Chiang, CAL --- Teri McKeever, CAL2000 Haley Cope, CAL Beth Botsford, ARIZ Frank Busch, ARIZ2001 Natalie Coughlin, CAL Natalie Coughlin, CAL Richard Quick, STAN2002 Natalie Coughlin, CAL Emily Mason, ARIZ Teri McKeever, CAL2003 Natalie Coughlin, CAL Kim Vandenberg, UCLA Cyndi Gallagher, UCLA2004 Tara Kirk, STAN Kalyn Keller, USC Frank Busch, ARIZ2005 Caroline Bruce, STAN Caroline Bruce, STAN Frank Busch, ARIZ2006 Whitney Myers, ARIZ Rebecca Soni, USC Frank Busch, ARIZ2007 Lacey Nymeyer, ARIZ Julia Smit, STAN Frank Busch, ARIZ2008 Lacey Nymeyer, ARIZ Ariana Kukors, WASH Frank Busch, ARIZ