Pakhalina Wins at FINA Diving Grand Prix

    Diver Yulia Pakhalina won another award Sunday at the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Canada.
    Diver Yulia Pakhalina won another award Sunday at the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Canada.
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    May 5, 2003

    VICTORIA, Canada - University of Houston diver Yulia Pakhalina, teaming with Vera Ilynia, captured first place Sunday in the three-meter synchronized competition at the 2003 FINA Diving Grand Prix in Victoria, Canada. . Pakhalina, who captured both the 1-meter and 3-meter NCAA individual national championships in 2003, teamed with her partner to score 300.90 points. The Russian duo was the only team to top the 300-point mark and finished more than 11 points ahead of the second-place team.

    The Penza, Russia, native ended her collegiate career in March as the most decorated female student-athlete in UH history. She captured five NCAA individual national championships in three seasons and only lost two diving events in which she entered.

    She was the two-time defending Conference USA champion on the both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards and was named the Diver of the Year in 2002 and 2003.

     

     

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