Pac-10 Diving Championships: Day 3
Feb. 11, 2007
Federal Way, WA - The third and final day of the Pac-10 Diving Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic center took place on Sunday. Platform diving made up the days events, after the prelims the Men's Platform Final and the Women's Platform Final took place in the afternoon.
The top three qualifiers for the Men's Platform Final were USC seniors Kenny Jenkins and Michael Hilde, who qualified first and second respectively, as well as ASU red-shirt freshman Micky Benedetti, who won the Men's Three-Meter Final on Saturday.
Benedetti capped off his long weekend where he appeared in the Finals for all three of the Men's events by winning the Platform Final by more than 40 points with a score of 394.90.
'I dove pretty good,' Benedetti said. 'I was a little bit tired, the end of the weekend, after all these events...I dove well and I'm a happy with all the dives that I did.'
Behind Benedetti in second and third came USC's Jenkins (353.80) and Hilde (352.80).
With his first two dives scoring for 156.5 points Benedetti jumped out to an early lead, his second dive alone was worth 80 points.His third and fourth dives scored less than 60 points but he beat out his competition by performing two dives with high degrees of difficulty for his fifth and sixth dives.
For his fifth dive Benedetti performed a reverse three-and-a-half somersault (307C) from the ten-meter platform, which carries a 3.4 degree of difficulty. The dive scored him 66.80 points.
'It's a hard dive, but I'm practicing it a lot,' Benedetti said. 'I got six-point five and sevens on it so I'm happy about that.'
The top five was filled out by Stanford senior Kevin McLean (337.10) and sophomore Dwight Dumais (269.30)
The Men's Platform Final featured divers from, Stanford (3), USC (2), ASU (1), CAL (1) and Arizona(1).
The Women's Platform Final featured qualifying divers from Arizona (2), Stanford (2), USC(1), CAL(1), ASU(1) and UCLA(1).
UCLA sophomore Tess Schofield won the Prelims with a score of 286.50 to earn the right to dive last in the finals. USC junior Kimberly Popp finished second in the prelims and Stanford junior Katie Lampe finished out the top three qualifiers.
After a tight competition Schofield won the Women's Platform Finals with a total score of 280.95.
'I just did everything my coach told me to do,' Schofield said. 'He's been behind me the whole way. He inspired me to have this goal. I never thought I would be Pac-10 Champion in tower. Everything just went as planned.'
USC's Popp (271.10) gave Schofield a run for her money and finished second. Entering the fourth round of dives Shofield led Popp by just 2.95 points.
'I knew I had to stay consistent,' Schofield said. 'Kim is a wonderful competitor. I love competing against her. She brings out the best in me.'
Stanford freshman Shana Karp(259.30) finished third. The top five was rounded out by Lampe (242.85) and Arizona senior Megan MacDonald(232.35).
With her second dive in the final Schofield scored the first nines of the meet for her backwards two-and-a-half somersault, pike (205B) from the 10M platform which scored 76.85.
'It's [the backwards two-and-a-half pike] kind of my secret weapon,' Schofield said. 'I learned it last spring. I got nines on it in both Prelims and Finals, so it was very exciting.'
UCLA head coach Tom Stebbins said he was proud of Schofield's accomplishment, and her contribution to the team.
'We left a couple doors open where Kim [Popp] could have stepped through,' Stebbins said. 'I'm just real happy that Tess [Schofield] was able to kind of hold her off and get the win. That's really really big for her and for our program.'
The Pac-10 named Stanford senior Cassidy Krug and ASU red-shirt freshmen Micky Benedetti the Women's and Men's divers of the meet.
Krug won both women's springboard events at the meet, the Women's 1M Championship on Friday, and the Women's 3M Championship on Saturday.
Benedetti topped off the weekend with a win in Men's Platform Final. On Saturday he won the Men's 3M Championship and on Friday he placed fourth in the Men's 1M Final.
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