Boudia & McCrory Lock Up Olympics Berth for Team USA at FINA World Cup

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM David Boudia is representing Team USA at the FINA Diving World Cup in London this week.
David Boudia is representing Team USA at the FINA Diving World Cup in London this week.

Feb. 23, 2012

FINA Diving World Cup | USA Diving

LONDON - The U.S. picked up another Olympic berth as former Purdue diver David Boudia and Nick McCrory finished fourth in synchronized 10-meter Thursday at the FINA Diving World Cup.

Christina Loukas and Cassidy Krug advanced to Friday's women's 3-meter semifinals.

Boudia and McCrory posted a final score of 444.93 points, including 89.28 on an inward 3 ½ tuck that earned a pair of 10s from the judges in round three. They were in second place with two rounds to go, but were fourth heading into the final round. Less than three points separated second from fourth with one dive to go as Mexico, Germany and the U.S. battled for silver and bronze. Mexico and Germany both went for 95-plus points on their final dives, while Boudia and McCrory scored 84.24 points on their back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists to close out the night in fourth.

In the end, the gold went to China's Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan with 481.29 points, while Mexico's Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez scored 460.17 for the silver and Germany's Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein went 457.41 for bronze.

Although the U.S. missed out on the podium, the fourth-place showing did qualify the United States a berth in the Olympic Games. China, Germany, Ukraine and Great Britain had previously qualified, and the four highest placing countries not already qualified secured their spots. In addition to Mexico and the U.S., Cuba and Russia also qualified. The U.S. will select its Olympic team in June.

"It was a great competition. Everyone did an amazing job, and it was such a fun atmosphere and environment to dive in. It gives us an idea of what we can expect in five months, and we'll be back with a vengeance," Boudia said.

Boudia will also be competing individually in the 10-meter platform at the FINA World Cup later this week. Purdue head diving coach Adam Soldati is in London as well serving as a staff assistant on the USA Diving coaching staff.

In other action Thursday, Loukas and Krug competed in the women's 3-meter preliminaries. Loukas qualified for Friday's semifinals in fifth place with 335.20 points, including 69 points on both her back 2 ½ pike and her front 2 ½ with a twist. Krug scored 318.65 points to qualify eighth, with her best dive coming with 69 points on her inward 2 ½ pike.

"It was a solid performance, but I'm glad I get another chance to compete (Friday) because there was definitely room for improvement on some things," Krug said.

The World Cup continues through Saturday, with Friday's competition featuring women's 3-meter semifinals and finals and men's 10-meter preliminaries.

Story by Jen Lowery, USA Diving