Diving Signee Wins Junior National Championship

by Jesse Delerno
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Diving Signee Wins Junior National Championship

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — LSU’s highly-touted men’s diving signee Daniel Helm captured the three-meter springboard title at the 2010 USA Diving Spring Junior West Championships Sunday in the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center.

Helm, a native of Beaverton, Ore., who trains under coach Joe Lyons at Tualatin Hills Dive Club, beat out 26 elite junior divers from across the nation to claim his first junior national title. The future Tiger accumulated 542.35 points on 10 dives, including a 72.85 effort on his most difficult attempt, a forward three and one half somersault pike. 

“Congratulations to Daniel on his first JO national championship,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “He has worked really hard this year, and I know he’s excited to see his efforts pay off.

“His club coach Joe Lyons has really prepped him well. Daniel has a fantastic collegiate future ahead of him.”

Helm’s victory in the three-meter was his second top-three finish of the competition as he took third in the one-meter with a 432.35 score on Saturday.

Helm will compete alongside current LSU divers Brian Gemberling, Matt Vieke and Jesse Lyman and fellow signee Sean McKinney in the 2010-11 season, beginning next fall.