Arizona State's Blaha and USC's Ishimatsu Earn Pac-10 Titles in Day One of the Pac-10 Diving Championships
Feb. 25, 2010
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- The Pac-10 Diving Championships got off to an impressive start at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center today with the women’s 1-meter and men’s 3-meter competitions. Victoria Ishimatsu of USC won on the women’s side, while Constantin Blaha from Arizona State took the top spot for the men.
In the women’s 1-meter final, Ishimatsu had the top score of 332.80, edging fellow teammate Ariel Rittenhouse, who finished second as a freshman with a 326.25. Ishimatsu won her second career Pac-10 title after winning the 3-meter as a freshman at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships, when she also finished second in the 1-meter. Elina Eggers from Arizona State rounded out the podium with a 311.10.
Meg Hostage of Stanford was fourth with a score of 292.30, followed by Molly Hayes of California (5th, 279.90), Laura Winn of UCLA (6th, 276.5), Carmen Stellar of Stanford (7th, 264.40) and Karina Silva of UCLA (8th, 255.85).
Constantin Blaha from Arizona State continued a dominating performance from the prelims in the finals when he scored a 435.55. The freshman from Vienna, Austria, competed at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China in 2008. Blaha’s Sun Devil teammate Cameron Bradshaw finished second with a 389.85, while Stanford’s Brent Eichenseer was third at 382.00.
Another Arizona State diver just missed the podium as Riley McCormick scored a 381.20 for fourth place. McCormick was followed by Harrison Jones of USC (5th, 380.10), Arizona’s Benjamin Grado (6th, 376.80), California’s Thomas Henninger (7th, 302.45) and Stanford’s Tommy Fraychineaud (8th, 285.60).
The championships will continue tomorrow when the two groups switch heights, with the men’s 1-meter and women’s 3-meter competitions. Prelims begin at 11 a.m. Diving concludes on Saturday with the men’s and women’s platform.