Monday, March 25, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 115


Pakhalina captures NCAA championship

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

Sophomore diver Yulia Pakhalina is slipping this year she won only one NCAA national championship, instead of two.

Pin Lim/The Daily Cougar

Sophomore diver Yulia Pakhalina won the third NCAA championship of her collegiate career Friday night.

Pakhalina scored 625.05 points to dominate the 2002 NCAA Championship in the 3-meter springboard competition, making her the fourth
competitor in the last 20 years to win back-to-back NCAA titles.

Last year, the Penza, Russia, native won the 1-meter and 3-meter events at the NCAA tournament. Pakhalina saw her 36-event winning streak
snapped on Thursday by Blythe Hartley, who defeated Pakhalina in the 1-meter competition.

Hartley, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, is a freshman diver for Southern California, and dominated the 2001 World Championships in
the 1-meter event.

Pakhalina roared back into action Friday to pick up her second national title in the 3-meter competition, setting new NCAA and NCAA
championship meet records in the process.

Pakhalina's score exceeded that of former UH volunteer assistant coach Vera Ilynia, who scored 612.60 to set the record in 1998.

Ilynia and Pakhalina also won a gold medal for Russia in the 2000 Summer Olympics for their performance in the 3-meter synchronized dive.

After all competitors had completed the required dives Friday, Pakhalina was in second place, trailing Hartley by less than a quarter of a point
and holding a slim 12-point lead on Indiana's Sarah Reiling.

Pakhalina held on through the optional dives to soar ahead of Hartley, who dropped to third in the final standings, far behind both Reiling and

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