March 11, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - California freshman Sam Helvie took ninth place and sophomore teammate Javier Rivas was 10th on the platform final at the NCAA Zone E Diving Regional on Saturday, the final day of the regional, at Oklahoma City Community College. Neither Golden Bear, nor sophomore teammate Mark Wes, who competed at the regional but not on the platform, qualified for the upcoming NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships.
Helvie, who turned 19 today, has now competed on the platform for just the fourth time in his career.
"We have a young team," Cal diving coach Ron Kontura said. "They all have a lot of talent. They all have the ability to make NCAAs. It's just the experience. The freshman [Dwight Dumais] who qualified from Stanford is the top freshman in the country. To finish ninth and 10th, for a school that doesn't have a platform, that's pretty good."
Helvie scored 517.45 and Rivas scored 511.00 on the platform, which was won by Hawai'i's Mats Wiktorsson, who scored 702.90. In the day's earlier preliminary, Helvie scored a 262.00 to take seventh place and Rivas scored 259.25 to take ninth.
The Zone E Regional produced eight divers who will compete at the NCAA Championships. Along with Dumais, that list includes Wiktorsson, one- and three-meter Zone E champion Joona Puhakka and Arizona State teammate Brant Bingham, USC's Michael Hilde and Kenny Jenkins, Utah's Sterling Richards and Arizona's John Collier.
The third-ranked Cal swimming team next competes at the 83rd annual NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships March 23-25 in Atlanta, Ga.
California Results on Day 3 of the NCAA Zone E Diving Regional