Wednesday, January 30, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 82


Pakhalina earns Diver of the Week

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

Houston diver Yulia Pakhalina received her fourth honor as Conference USA Diver of the Week this week, the most for any
conference member this season.

Pakhalina was selected this time largely because of her success against Texas Christian and Southern Methodist. The
sophomore won all four diving events against TCU and SMU with astounding leads of more than 100 points.

Pakhalina scored 414.30 on the 3-meter event against TCU, which was 143 points more than her competition, and 357.98 on
the 1-meter dive, 119.85 points ahead of the next diver.

TCU's diving coach Wayne Chester awarded a perfect 10 to Pakhalina for her fifth dive in the 3-meter, and also for her sixth
dive in the 1-meter event.

The win marked Pakhalina's 29th consecutive victory on the diving board. As a college athlete, she has never lost a

Pakhalina is a native of Penza, Russia, and competed in the Olympic Games for Russia. In 2000, she participated in the
Sydney games and received a gold medal in the synchronized dive.

She is also the 2001 NCAA Diving Champion, and has qualified to participate in the 2002 NCAA championships along with
freshman Lindsay Harvey.

Pakhalina and the Cougar swim team will complete their regular season this Friday in College Station, where they will
compete in a dual meet with Texas A&M. They will then hit the road on Feb. 17 for the C-USA Championship in Indianapolis.

Congratulations to Pakhalina for dominating in a sport where it's expected to take a dive.

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