California's Sam Helvie Named Pac-10 Men's Diver of the Month

Feb. 8, 2007

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA diver Sam Helvie has been named Pac-10 Men's Diver of the Month for January, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

At the Dallas Morning News Invitational, the sophomore from Bakersfield, Calif., not only won both the one-meter (358.25) and posted his career-best of 381.15 on the three-meter, but he left the invite as the high scoring diver of the two-day event.

In addition, Helvie's marks on the one-meter and the three-meter broke previous schools records of Louie Gagnet (2004-05). Gagnet's former school records on the one-meter was 346.20 set in 2004 and his three-meter score of 368.62 was set in 2005.

Prior to the Dallas Morning News Invitational, Helvie recorded his season-best marks at the Georgia Invitational on the three-meter with his final mark of 3198.60. To open the Pac-10 season, Helvie swept both the one and three-meter dives against Arizona as he posted a 358.10 on the one-meter and a 375.00 in the three-meter.

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

2006-07 PAC-10 WOMEN'S DIVER OF THE MONTH: Dec. - Micky Benedetti, RsFR., ASU; Jan. - Sam Helvie, So., CAL.

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