Friday, March 22, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 14


 
 









 

Pakhalina falls at NCAAs

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

The dynasty has ended.

Sophomore diver Yulia Pakhalina lost the 2002 NCAA Championship in the 1-meter springboard event Thursday night. 


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Sophomore diver Yulia Pakhalina lost for the first time in her college career in the 1-meter springboard Thursday night at the NCAA
championships. Pakhalina will have a shot at redemption Friday in the 3-meter competition.


Her downfall came to Southern California's Blythe Hartley.

It was the first time in Pakhalina's college career that she lost a competition.

Pakhalina competed in the preliminary round earlier Thursday and qualified in second place with 312.80 points to go on to the finals.

Hartley completed the preliminaries with 333.95 points to capture the top slot in the finals.

Although only 19, Hartley, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, managed to hang on in the final round of the tournament Thursday to defeat
Houston's reigning champion by more than 30 points.

Pakhalina ended the 1-meter competition with a final score of 320.40 points compared to the Canadian contender's 350.85 points, putting her in
second place.

But tomorrow is a new day. Pakhalina, a native of Penza, Russia, has a second title to defend in the 3-meter springboard competition. 

Traditionally, the 3-meter is where she has the greatest edge. This season, Pakhalina has consistently performed better in the 3-meter event
than in the 1-meter. She has won every 3-meter competition by more than 118 points as compared to a margin of 75 points in the 1-meter.

At the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, Hartley and Pakhalina met in the 1- and 3-meter competitions.

There, Hartley also beat out Pakhalina in the 1-meter springboard. 

In the 3-meter event, Pakhalina walked away with third place 12 places and more than 90 points higher than Hartley.

Although it must have been painful for her to see her 36-event winning streak come to an end, she still has the opportunity to hold on to one of
her national titles.

The 3-meter preliminary event will begin sometime this afternoon, and the final round will continue into the evening.
 
 
 
 
 

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