Pac-10 Diving Championships
Feb. 9, 2007
Federal Way, WA- The divers of the Pac-10 started competition in the Pac-10 Diving Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center on Friday. The Men's One-Meter Finals started the event, followed by the Women's Three-Meter Finals.
Divers from Stanford took first in both the events on the first day of the competition.
Stanford sophomore Dwight Dumais won the Men's 1M Final with a score of 357.95. He was followed by two divers from USC, seniors Kenny Jenkins (350.75) and Michael Hilde (339.65).
'It was a great competition,' Dumais said. 'Both Michael and Kenny dove exceptionally well. I just came in, tried to relax and dive the best that I can.'
Dumais won after placing second in both springboard events at the Pac-10 Championships last year to then Arizona State senior Jooana Puhakka. Dumais who hails from Ventura California was named the newcomer of the year last year.
'It feels amazing to win after last year,' Dumais said. 'I came here last year knowing that I was competing against a two time Finnish Olympian. It was hard to get over knowing that the best I could probably do was second. Now coming in here and winning is a great feeling.'
The top five was finished out by Arizona State red-shirt freshman Michele Benedetti (323.05) and Stanford senior Kevin McLean (297.25) who finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The Men's 1M finals featured divers from four Pac-10 schools. They were: Stanford (3), USC (2), ASU (2) and Cal (1)
Women's 3M Final
Stanford senior Cassidy Krug fought off tough competitors from UCLA to win the Women's 3M Final with a score of 367.30.
'It was a phenomenal performance,' Stanford coach Dr. Rick Schavone said. 'That score is a phenomenal score for a girl, but what I'm most impressed with is that UCLA came at her with three good divers...and she didn't back down.'
UCLA divers, sophomore Marisa Samaniego (324.20), senior Sara Clark (300.35) and senior Amanda Blong (299.95), took places two through four respectively. Stanford junior Katie Lampe (292.60) finished fifth.
'[The UCLA divers] really brought it in finals, and they did a lot of good dives,' Krug said. 'It's kind of exciting when everyone around you is diving well, and you have to dive well also. So I think we all had to step up in finals.'
Krug improved upon her second place finish in the event at the Pac-10 Championships last year (354.90). She also placed second in the One-Meter event last year.
The Women's 3M finals featured divers from UCLA(4), Stanford (2), Arizona State (1) and Arizona (1).
Schavone was pleased with his diver's wins in the first two events, and said he is looking to make sure the divers can support the swim team well later in the season.
'We're just preparing for later on,' Schavone said. 'So we're pleased they're carrying most of their list and carrying it well. They're competing well, but it is still three or four weeks off our main goal.'
On Saturday the Women's 1M finals and the Men's 3M finals will take place at the Pac-10 Diving Championships.