Feb. 11, 2007
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -
As the 2007 Pacific-10 Conference Diving Championships came to a close Sunday,
After claiming the 3-meter championship the previous day, Benedetti returned Sunday to dominate the platform diving championships, scoring a finals round total of 394.90 points, defeating second-place finisher Michael Hilde of USC by more than 40 points.
"I dove pretty well," Benedetti said. "I was a little bit tired, the end of the weekend, after all these events...I dove well and I'm a happy with all the dives that I did."
With his first two dives totaling 156.5 points, the
On his fifth dive, Benedetti performed a reverse three-and-a-half somersault (307C) from the ten-meter platform, which carries a 3.4 degree of difficulty. The dive earned Benedetti 66.80 points.
"It's a hard dive, but I'm practicing it a lot," Benedetti said. "I got six-point five and sevens on it so I'm happy about that."
For his impressive weekend, Benedetti was named the Pac-10 Men's Diver of the Meet, earning the pair of Pac-10 titles and placing fourth in Friday's 1-meter springboard championships.
The Sun Devil women also competed in the platform diving championships, as sophomore Erin Hobbs was ASU's top performer on the day, tallying a finals round score of 220.00 points, good for seventh place in the Pac-10.