March 10, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - California freshman Sam Helvie took eighth place, with a score of 570.30, on the one-meter springboard final at the NCAA Zone E Diving Regional on Friday at Oklahoma City Community College. Cal sophomore teammate Javier Rivas was 15th, with a score of 507.75, and sophomore teammate Mark Wes was 20th, with a 208.70.
Arizona State senior All-American Joona Puhakka, the defending NCAA and NCAA Zone E champion on the one-meter board, won the title again on Friday. The Finnish Olympian, who won the three-meter title yesterday, scored 842.10 on the one-meter event.
Helvie was competing with an experienced group of divers. Besides Helvie, only one of the other top eight finalists on the one-meter board was an underclassman - Stanford freshman Dwight Dumais, who took second place (639.50). The top eight on the one meter included Utah senior Sterling Richards, who was third (636.35), ASU senior Brant Bingham, who was fifth (628.00), USC juniors Michael Hilde (631.20) and Kenny Jenkins (593.45), who were fourth and sixth, respectively, and Arizona senior John Collier, who was seventh (591.60).
"Sam getting eighth, with four seniors in the field ahead of him, was great experience for him," Cal diving coach Ron Kontura said. "We hope he has a good day ahead of him tomorrow as well."
Also yesterday, Helvie had Cal's best finish on the three-meter board, placing 14th with a score of 528.30.
The final day of the three-day event begins tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. CST, as the women's platform competition begins. The men's platform competition begins at 1:45 p.m. CST. At the end of the regional on Saturday, the top eight men's divers will qualify for the 83rd annual NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships March 23-25 in Atlanta, Ga.
California Results on Day 2 of the NCAA Zone E Diving Regional