Boudia & McCrory Dominate Synchronized 10-Meter Prelims, Take 100-Point Lead
David Boudia is looking to lock up his second Olympics appearance.

June 18, 2012

Results | USA Diving Website

Boudia Feature in LA Times

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Former Purdue diver David Boudia and Nick McCrory dominated the preliminary and semifinal rounds of the men's synchronized 10-meter platform competition on the opening day of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Sunday.

Boudia and McCrory lead by more than 100 points heading into Thursday's finals.

In other opening-day action Sunday, Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston built a narrow 6 ½-point lead in the women's 3-meter synchro contest. Purdue's Michelle Cabassol teamed with Kaylea Arnett for 473.28 points for an 11th-place finish. The top eight pairings advanced to the finals.

Boudia, a 2008 Olympian, and McCrory combined for 919.86 points on their two lists on Sunday. Toby Stanley and Steele Johnson are in second place with 805.02 points and Dashiell Enos and Johnson (competing with two partners) were third with 782.16 points.

Boudia and McCrory earned more than 90 points on four optional dives, highlighted by 97.20 points on their back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists in the semifinals (they scored 90.72 points on that same dive in the prelims). They scored 94.35 points on their front 4 ½ tuck in the semis, and picked up 90.24 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck in the prelims.

"We were consistent, although there were some misses here and there. There are a few minor adjustments we want to make for finals, and we wanted to score higher on our voluntaries. We are using this as a stepping stone for London," McCrory said.

Scores at the Trials are cumulative, with preliminaries, semifinals and finals all counting toward team selection. The U.S. will send one women's 3-meter synchro team and one men's 10-meter synchro team to London.

Bryant and Johnston finished with 637.80 points on two lists of dives to take a 6.51-point lead into the finals. Christina Loukas and Kassidy Cook stand a close second with 631.29 points.

"We had a solid performance and were in the right mental state. We have a few technical things to work on that our coaches told us to think about for Thursday, and I think we're on a good path," said Johnston, who is looking to make her first Olympic team, while Bryant is aiming for a second trip to the Games.

Cook and Loukas led through the first three dives in the preliminary round before Johnston and Bryant moved ahead in the standings with 72.90 points in their inward 2 ½ pike in round four. They finished the prelims with 314.10 points, narrowly edging Cook and Loukas by 0.27 points. In the semifinals, Bryant and Johnston scored more than 70 points on all three of their optional dives to maintain the top spot in the standings. Loukas and Cook had the highest single-dive score of the day, earning 76.26 points on their front 3 ½ pike in the semis.

The top eight teams advance to Thursday's semifinals. Rounding out the top four teams are the Deidre Freeman and Veronica Rydze with 531.90 points and Carrie Dragland and Bianca Alvarez with 524.40 points.

The Trials continue through June 24. Monday's competition features preliminaries and semifinals in men's synchronized 3-meter and the exhibition women's synchronized 10-meter event.

Story by Jen Lowrey, USA Diving

Complete U.S. Olympic Diving Trials Schedule
All Times Pacific/Local to Site unless indicated otherwise

Sunday, June 17

3:00pm Women's 3M, followed by Men's 10M
6:00pm Women's 3M, followed by Men's 10M

Monday, June 18

3:00pm Men's 3M, followed by Women's 10M (exhibition)
6:00pm Men's 3M, followed by Women's 10m (exhibition)

Tuesday, June 19

10:00am Women's 3M Springboard
Followed by Men's 10M Platform

7:00pm Women's 3M Springboard
Followed by Men's 10M Platform -- Televised live by NBCSN, 12-2 a.m. ET

Wednesday, June 20

10:00am Men's 3M Springboard
Followed by Women's 10M Platform

7:00pm Men's 3M Springboard -- Televised live by NBCSN, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. ET
Followed by Women's 10M Platform -- Televised live by NBCSN

Thursday, June 21

FINALS - Synchro
7:00pm Women's 3M Synchro -- Televised live by NBCSN, 10 p.m.-12 a.m. ET
Followed by Men's 10M Synchro -- Televised live by NBCSN

Friday, June 22

FINALS - Synchro
8:00pm Men's 3M Synchro -- Televised live by NBCSN, 11 p.m.-12 a.m. ET
Followed by Women's 10M Synchro (exhibition)

Saturday, June 23

1 p.m.: Men's 10M Platform -- Televised live by NBC, 4-6 p.m. ET
Followed by: Women's 3M Springboard

Sunday, June 24

Noon: Men's 3M Springboard -- Televised live by NBC, 3-6 p.m. ET
Followed by: Women's 10M Platform -- Televised live by NBC




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