Arizona State's Benedetti and Stanford's Stellar Named January's Pac-10 Divers of the Month

Feb. 5, 2009

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- ARIZONA STATE senior Micky Benedetti and STANFORD junior Carmen Stellar have been named Pac-10 Divers of the Month for January, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Benedetti turned in a record-breaking January for the Sun Devils. At the Dallas Morning News Classic, the Rome, Italy, native scored a 455.50 on the 3-meter, shattering the previous ASU record of 449.48 held by four-time NCAA champion Joona Puhakka. The mark also broke the Joe Perkins Natatorium pool record, which was set 19 years ago coincidentally by ASU head diving coach Mark Bradshaw. On the 1-meter, Benedetti handily captured first place, scoring over 70 points above the second-place finisher.

Following his performance in Texas, Benedetti swept the diving events against Stanford by scoring a 347.55 on the 1-meter and a 404.03 on the 3-meter. Against California, the six-time All-American earned first on the 3-meter with a score of 436.73 and finished second on the 1-meter with 329.10 points.

This is the sixth monthly honor for Benedetti, the most in Pac-10 history, and the ninth Men's Diver of the Month all-time for Arizona State.

Stellar won five events in January to help No. 2 Stanford sweep four Pac-10 dual meets and remain undefeated on the season. The Arcaadia, Calif., native recorded six 'A' qualifying scores for the upcoming NCAA Zone E Diving Championships in March. Stellar stole both diving events at Arizona State and again at home against No. 20 UCLA. Her first-place finish on the 1-meter and third-place on the 3-meter against defending national champion Arizona helped secure the Cardinal win.

This is the first monthly honor for Stellar and the fifth Women's Diver of the Month overall for Stanford.

2008-09 PAC-10 MEN'S DIVERS OF THE MONTH: Nov. - Tom Henninger, CAL; Dec. - Tom Henninger, CAL; Jan. - Micky Benedetti, ASU

2008-09 PAC-10 WOMEN'S DIVERS OF THE MONTH: Nov. - Tory Ishimatsu, USC; Dec. - Tess Schofield, UCLA; Jan. - Carmen Stellar, STAN

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