July 14, 2014
SHANGHAI -- Purdue divers past and future -- David Boudia and Steele Johnson -- are among the 12 competitors set to represent USA Diving this week at the FINA Diving World Cup, the top international competition of 2014.
Boudia and Johnson are slated to dive together in the synchronized 10-meter competition. That's the first men's event of the six-day event and begins with prelims Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET. There is a 12-hour time difference between Shanghai and the USA's Eastern Time Zone. All events at the FINA Diving World Cup are expected to be held outdoors at a 5,000-seat sports center.
Johnson signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Purdue and compete for the Boilermakers in the fall of 2013. He is set to enroll this fall. Boudia was a six-time NCAA champion for Purdue from 2009-11 and is the reigning gold medalist in 10-meter diving from the 2012 Olympic Games. Boudia also won bronze with partner Nick McCrory in synchronized 10-meter at the 2012 Olympics.
Purdue head diving Adam Soldati is also in China serving as a member of the USA Diving coaching staff as well as the personal coach of Boudia and Johnson, whom both train year round under Soldati's tutelage at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. University of Texas diving coach Matt Scoggin was selected as USA Diving's head coach for the FINA Diving World Cup.
Anna James, an NLI signee for the Purdue women set to enroll in the fall as well, also earned a berth in the World Cup in 10-meter, but withdrew from the competition earlier this summer to focus on her recovery from knee surgery.
Universal Sports Network (DIRECTV 625; DISH 402) will air exclusive national television (via tape delay) and online coverage of the 2014 FINA Diving World Cup from July 16 to 20 at 8 p.m. ET daily. UniversalSports.com will stream the events on its "Watch USN Live" page (including the event finals live), but a cable subscription that includes the Universal Sports Network is required. FINA TV is also offering free live video webcasts online and via the FINAtv app.
With an eye towards maximizing his potential at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Boudia opted to focus individually on 3-meter competitions over the last 12 months while revamping his 10-meter dive list. He won the 3-meter title at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in December. At the same event, Johnson was the individual 10-meter winner. Boudia will also compete in synchronized 3-meter with the University of Miami's Samuel Dorman in Shanghai.
The FINA Diving World Cup is a biennial event that was last contested in February 2012 in London. That year it served as the final international qualifier as well as a dress rehearsal for the Olympic Games later that year. The FINA World Championships, which includes all aquatic events, will serve as the top international competition of 2015 and is set for July 24 through August 9 in Kazan, Russia.
This page will be updated throughout the week as results for Boudia and Johnson become available. Recap links to USADiving.org are also being posted here.
2014 FINA Diving World Cup (Shanghai, China)
Times Converted to ET
Tuesday, July 15
4 a.m. - Co-ed team event (Johnson & Bromberg; Finished 4th, 367.90 points)
10 p.m. - Women's 3-meter synchro prelims, men's 10-meter synchro prelims (Boudia & Johnson; Finished 3rd, 415.89 points)
Wednesday, July 16
3:10 a.m. - Women's 3-meter synchro final
7:40 a.m. - Men's 10-meter synchro final (Boudia & Johnson; Finished 3rd for Bronze, 414.12 points)
10 p.m. - Women's 10-meter synchro prelims, men's 3-meter synchro prelims (Boudia & Dorman; Finished 4th, 408.81 points)
Thursday, July 17
3:10 a.m. - Women's 10-meter synchro finals
7:40 a.m. - Men's 3-meter synchro finals (Boudia & Dorman; Finished 4th, 417.54 points)
10 p.m. - Women's 10-meter prelims, semis
Friday, July 18
2 a.m. - Men's 3-meter prelims, semis (Boudia; Finished 9th, 462.50 points)
7:40 a.m. - Women's 10-meter finals
10 p.m. - Women's 3-meter prelims, semis
Sunday, July 20
3:10 a.m. - Women's 3-meter finals
7:40 a.m. - Men's 10-meter finals
USA DIVING ROSTER
David Boudia (Purdue) - 3-meter, synchronized 3-meter, synchronized 10-meter
Samantha "Murphy" Bromberg (Texas) - 10-meter
Amy Cozad (Indiana) - synchronized 10-meter
David Dinsmore - 10-meter
Sam Dorman (Univ. of Miami) - synchronized 3-meter
Steele Johnson (Purdue Signee) - 10-meter, synchronized 10-meter
Abby Johnston (Duke) - synchronized 3-meter
Nick McCrory (Duke) - 3-meter
Jessica Parratto* (Indiana) - 10-meter
Laura Ryan (Georgia) - 3-meter, synchronized 3-meter
Maren Taylor (Texas) - 3-meter
Katrina Young (Florida State) - synchronized 10-meter
*Parratto replaced Anna James (Purdue signee), who withdrew to focus on fully recovering from knee surgery she had in March. With Olympic qualifying beginning next year, 2014 is a key time for athletes to concentrate on getting healthy leading up to the important 2015 and 2016 seasons.