Pac-10 Diving Championships Concludes
Feb. 25, 2006
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Men and women Pac-10 divers competed in the platform diving event Saturday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. to conclude the Pac-10 Diving Championships.
In women's platform diving, Arizona senior Tiffany Manning (San Diego, Calif.) won her first Pac-10 title scoring a 296.85 in the five-dive event. Manning led all divers in the preliminaries with a score of 283.90.
'It feels great because I can contribute all these points to my team which is down in Long Beach right now doing their best,' said Manning. 'It's all for them.'
USC divers finished second, third and fourth in the finals on women's platform. In second, sophomore Kim Popp (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) scored a 286.20 in the finals with senior teammate Blythe Hartley (North Vancouver, BC) scoring a 277.15 to secure third. Sophomore Ali Tycast (Austin, Texas) finished fourth.
Rounding out the top eight in the women's platform finals were Stanford senior Sara Bowling (Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Arizona State junior Cassidy Farwell (Glendale, Calif.), UCLA freshman Brittany Hill (Cincinatti, Ohio) and Stanford sophomore Katie Lampe (Los Gatos, Calif.).
USC's Hartley was voted as the women's Pac-10 Diver of the Meet. Hartley won the one-meter and three-meter springboard competition and placed third in the platform finals. Overall, Hartley has won eight Pac-10 championships including four one-meter titles (2002-03, 2005-06), three three-meter championships (2003, 2005-06) and one platform title (2003).
On the men's side, USC junior Michael Hilde (Mission Viejo, Calif.) came away with the platform Pac-10 title. In the finals, Hilde scored a 347.20 to earn his second Pac-10 championship on the platform in his career. Hilde also led after the preliminaries with a score of 338.00.
'It's been three years and it took me a while,' said Hilde. 'It's just relieving I finally pulled through and did all the dives I wanted to do.'
Hilde's teammate junior Kenny Jenkins (Rockville, Md.) finished second in the men's platform finals scoring a 344.10 and recorded a score of 291.40 in the preliminaries to placing him second among all divers. Stanford freshman Dwight Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) scored a 288.40 in the finals to put him in the third spot on the podium. During the premliminaries, Dumais tallied a 244.75 for fifth place among all divers.
For the men, rounding out the top eight were Cal freshman Sam Helvie (Bakersfield, Calif.), Stanford sophomore Nathan Kim (St. Paul, Minn.), Arizona sophomore Patrick Sullvan (Milton, Wis.), Cal sophomore Javier Rivas (Long Beach, Calif.) and Arizona senior John Collier (Ft. Thomas, Ky.).
ASU senior Joona Puhakka (Helsinki, Finland) was honored as the men's Pac-10 Diver of the Meet. Puhakka won Pac-10 titles in the one-meter and three-meter springboards. The championships marked the fourth-straight year he has won both springboard Pac-10 titles making him the first Pac-10 diver ever to accomplish the feat. Overall, Puhakka has earned eight Pac-10 diving championships.
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