COLUMBUS, Ohio - Joe Cifelli improved on his semifinal score by 33 points while winning bronze via a third-place finish on 3-meter at the USA Diving National Championships on Friday.
Cifelli posted his second top-four finish of the summer at a national meet. He placed fourth on 3-meter at USA Diving’s World Championships Trials in May, which helped earn him a berth on 1-meter for the World University Games later this month in Taipei, Taiwan.
Lexi Vincent also represented Purdue at Nationals on Friday, placing ninth in the women’s 10-meter final that was televised live on NBCSN. Cifelli was then featured prominently in the coverage of the men’s 3-meter competition that followed. Alumnus David Boudia served as the analyst on the television coverage.
The top three finishers in the men’s 3-meter final all exceed list score of 400 points. Cifelli posted a score of 402.6. He shined in rounds 3 and 4, earning awards of 80-plus in both rounds. They were the top-scoring dives among the entire field in those rounds and gave him the overall lead. But Cifelli missed his dive in round 5 and the list-low score of 43.5 allowed event winner Gregory Duncan (415.6) to overtake him. All six of Duncan’s dives were among the top five in the field for each round and he had the top-scoring dive in rounds 1, 2 and 6.
Vincent posted a list score of 230.5. The 2017 platform All-American qualified for the final by finishing third in both the prelims and semifinal Wednesday. But she got off to a slow start in Friday’s final and was out of medal contention by the time she recorded her top two scores of her list in the final two rounds.
Cifelli will be joined at the World University Games by teammates Emily Meaney (10-meter for Australia) and Kaersten Meitz (400- and 800-meter freestyle for USA). Purdue men’s basketball is also representing Team USA at the 29th Summer Universiade. Cifelli’s 1-meter competition begins with prelims Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. ET. Taipei is 12 hours ahead of the USA’s Eastern Time Zone.