Blaha Breaks ASU's 3-Meter Record at NCAA Championships

March 27, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Day two of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships concluded with the Sun Devils in 29th with nine points. Constantin Blaha got the Sun Devils on the board after his record-setting performance on the 3-meter springboard.

'Today was much better,' said 13th year head diving coach Mark Bradshaw. 'I held Riley (McCormick) out because he was a little under the weather and tomorrow is his big day. Coco (Blaha) was much today.'

Blaha, who was runner-up at the Pac-10 Championships on 3-meter, scored a school record setting 457.05 points to win the consolation final and place ninth overall. His mark surpassed that of Micky Benedetti, who previously held ASU's high mark with 455.40 points. After missing one of his dives, Blaha was just out of qualifying for the championship final after earning 402.25 points in the preliminaries.

'Coco had one bad dive that cost him the championship final,' said Bradshaw. 'He regrouped and was lights out in the consolation final. He was back to the Coco I know. It was nice to see.'

Both Blaha and McCormick will take on the 10-meter platform tomorrow. McCormick won both the Pac-10 Championships and the Zone E Championship on the event while Blaha finished runner-up at

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