Joona Puhakka Wins Men's Three-meter, Cassidy Krug Wins Women's One-meter Pac-10 Titles

Feb. 27, 2004

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Federal Way, WA - At the 2004 Pac-10 Men's and Women's Diving Championships, hosted by UCLA and held at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center, Arizona State sophomore Joona Puhakka and Stanford freshman Cassidy Krug won Pac-10 titles. Puhakka won the men's three-meter and Krug won the women's one-meter.

Puhakka set a new Pac-10 meet record of 674.75 to win the men's three-meter title. USC's Justin Dumais set the previous record of 658.05 in 1999. Yesterday, Puhakka won the men's one-meter springboard title, scoring 381.20. As a freshman last year, he won both the one- and three-meter titles. Puhakka was also named the Pac-10 Men's Diver and Newcomer in Diving of the Year.

"It feels good to win," said Puhakka. "It shows that Coach Bradshaw has been doing a good job of coaching me towards the NCAA's and Olympics. And, it gives me more confidence as I head towards those events."

On breaking the Pac-10 Three-meter Meet Record: "It was a big surprise to break the record," said Puhakka. "It makes me feel good that I was able to do it because I had no idea what the record was going into the final. I'm very happy to know that my name will be in the record books."

On the women's one-meter springboard, Krug won a close final, scoring 289.65, just .45 ahead of the runner-up. Arizona freshman Mary Yarrison scored 289.20 for second. And, fellow Cardinal Ashlee Rosenthal placed third with a score of 281.10.

"It was so exciting to win," said Krug. "I've been competing against all of these girls for a long time at the Junior Olympics. This victory means a lot to me."

For the Bruins, sophomores Amanda Blong and Paige Thompson advanced to the finals. Blong finished sixth, scoring 264.50, and Thompson was seventh, scoring 261.45. In the preliminary round, sophomore Sara Clark was ninth (239.75) and junior Janine Strack placed 13th (228.75).

The Pac-10 Diving Championships will conclude tomorrow with the men's and women's platform prelims and finals.

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