Pacific-10 Announces 2008 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Top Conference Honors

April 10, 2008

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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.

2008 PAC-10 DIVER OF THE YEAR

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.

2008 PAC-10 SWIMMER OF THE YEAR

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).

2008 PAC-10 DIVING NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

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.

2008 PAC-10 SWIMMING NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

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.

2008 PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR

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.

PAC-10 MEN'S DIVERS AND COACHES OF THE YEAR
	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

PAC-10 WOMEN'S DIVERS AND COACHES OF THE YEAR
	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

PAC-10 MEN'S SWIMMERS AND COACHES OF THE YEAR
	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

PAC-10 WOMEN'S SWIMMERS AND COACHES OF THE YEAR
	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

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