July 16, 2014
SHANGHAI -- Purdue's David Boudia and Steele Johnson won the bronze medal in men's synchronized 10-meter Wednesday at the FINA Diving World Cup, the top international meet of the 2014 season.
Boudia and Johnson scored 414.12 points to finish third behind China's Lin Yue and Cao Yuan (494.46) and Germany's Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein (444.78).
It was the first international competition together for Boudia and Johnson. Boudia is a Purdue alumnus and Johnson is a National Letter of Intent signee set to officially join the Boilermakers in the fall. Both train year round under head diving coach Adam Soldati at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
"We're a new synchro team. Steele and I have never done 10-meter synchro together at a major competition before. I thought we dove solid, and this is a good stepping stone for the next two years," said Boudia, who won Olympic bronze in 10-meter synchro with Nick McCrory two years ago in London.
The Americans were in a close contest for the bronze medal, sitting in fourth place behind China, Germany and Mexico through four rounds, but just 2.31 points separated third from fifth with two rounds to go.
Boudia and Johnson scored 79.92 points on their front 4 ½ tuck in round five, while Mexico's German Sanchez and Ivan Garcia went for the difficult inward 4 ½ tuck but came up with just 63.96 points to allow the U.S. pair to move into the bronze medal position. The Americans closed out their list with 77.76 points on a back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists to finish with 414.12 points, edging Cubans Jose Guerra and Jeinkler Aguirre by 3.36 points for the spot on the podium.
"This was a good milestone for us. I'm super excited to be partnered with David. I just want to do the best I can every time I dive with him," said the 18-year-old Johnson, who is competing in his first World Cup.
Boudia is set to compete in the synchronized 3-meter with Sam Dorman (University of Miami) next. The prelims are set for 10 p.m. ET Wednesday and the finals at 7:40 a.m. ET Thursday. Johnson will compete individually from the 10-meter later this week. There is a 12-hour time difference between Shanghai and the USA's Eastern Time Zone.
Also on Wednesday, Abby Johnston and Laura Ryan finished 14th with 262.50 points in the women's synchronized 3-meter preliminaries and did not advance to the finals. They scored just 27.60 points on their first-round front dive pike to sit in 17th place after round one and had to climb their way back up the standings. After scoring more than 60 points on all three optional dives, including 66.60 points on a back 2 ½ pike in the last round, they moved up to 14th place and 8.7 points shy of making the finals.
The FINA World Cup continues through Sunday, July 20. Thursday's competition features Boudia and Sam Dorman in men's synchronized 3-meter and Amy Cozad and Katrina Young in women's synchronized 10-meter. Universal Sports Network (DIRECTV 625; DISH 402) is televising highlights of the FINA Diving World Cup nightly from 8-10 p.m. ET.
-- Story by Jen Lowery, USA Diving
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