Dominik Meichtry and Sam Helvie Honored by Pac-10

Feb. 8, 2007

BERKELEY -- California swimmer junior Dominik Meichtry and diver sophomore Sam Helvie were honored by the Pac-10, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Meichtry earned the Swimmer of the Month honors for January, as Helvie garnered Men's Diver of the Month honors for the same month.

Meichtry, a native of Rorschacherberg, Switzerland, secured his fifth straight title in the 500 free, on Jan. 26, as he beat USC's Larsen Jensen by 4.13 seconds, with his winning time of 4:19.47, in Berkeley.

The 2004 Swiss Olympian also claimed the title at the Dallas Morning News Invitational with his time of 4:19.26. Meichtry also won the 500 free against Arizona State and Michigan on Jan.6, with his time of 4:26.34. He also has won four 200 free events against Arizona, Arizona State and Michigan, USC and at the Husky Invitational.

This was the first honor of the season for Meichtry and Cal's second Swimmer of the Month honor all-time.

A Bakersfield, Calif., native Helvie not only won both the one-meter with his mark of 358.25 and posted his career-high of 381.15 on the three-meter springboard, but also left the Invitational as the highest scoring diver. In addition to that honor, Helvie's marks on both the one-meter and three-meter broke previous school 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.

To open the Pac-10 season at the beginning of the month of January, Helvie swept both the one-meter (358.10) and three-meter (375.00) dives against Arizona.

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

No. 4 California will host No. 2 Stanford on Sat., Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. The meet will be held at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

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