Arizona State's Jones, Arizona's Pickens named Pac-12 divers of the month

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By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Arizona State senior Harrison Jones and Arizona junior Samantha Pickens have been named Pac-12 Divers of the Month for January, the Conference office announced Wednesday.

Jones, who transferred into the ASU program this season, picked up his second diver of the month honor of the season after winning all six events in which he competed in January. The Spring, Texas native has won both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard diving events in every meet he has participated in this season. Jones kicked off the month with victories in the 1-meter (390.73) and 3-meter (413.78) events against BYU, and followed it up with a pair of first place finishes in the 1-meter (413.78) and 3-meter (397.58) events against Stanford. Against the Cardinal, he defeated reigning NCAA 3-meter platform champion and Olympic bronze medalist Kristian Ipsen in both events. Jones closed out January with a bang, weathering a torrential downpour to win the 1-meter (409.65) and 3-meter events (425.25) against California by a margin of over 100 points in each discipline.

Pickens, a native of Murrysville, Pa., won five events in January, the first of which came at the Bruin Diving Invitational. She won the 1-meter event with a score of 575.95 after posting a preliminary score of 282.60 to lead the field at the break. She also helped the Wildcats to a split in dual meets against No. 3 California and No. 8 Stanford, sweeping the 1-meter and 3-meter events in both meets. In an upset of Cal, Pickens won the 1-meter event with a score of 343.73 and turned in a score of 289.35 in the 3-meter event. She added first-place finishes in the 1-meter (300.38) and 3-meter (317.85) events against Stanford.

This is Jones' fifth career Diver of the Month award and the 13th for Arizona State. For Pickens, it is her second monthly honor and Arizona's third all-time.

Also Nominated:
Men: Rafael Quintero, ARIZONA, Josiah Purss, UTAH.
Women: Morgan Weller, ARIZONA STATE; Emma Ivory-Ganja, UCLA; Kersten Merry, UTAH.

Divers of the Month

Month Men Women
November Harrison Jones, ASU Emma Ivory-Ganja, UCLA
December Caleb Herrick, UTAH Kersten Merry, UTAH
January Harrison Jones, ASU Samantha Pickens, ARIZ


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