Dec. 20, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue diving alumni Steven LoBue and David Colturi have continued their careers by competing in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, earning two of the five guaranteed berths on the 2013 worldwide tour.
LoBue finished third and Colturi fifth in the final standings of the 2012 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, making the automatic cut for the fifth edition of the tour that begins May 24-25 in France. The 2013 Cliff Diving World Series calendar also includes stops in Denmark, Portugal, Italy, USA, United Kingdom, Brazil and Thailand.
Fourteen divers from 10 different countries will compete for the final five remaining spots on the 2013 Cliff Diving World Series. The qualifying competition is set for Australia in February.
Fellow Purdue diving alumnus Kyle Mitrione finished 18th in the 2012 Diving World Series final standings, competing as a wildcard entry at World Series tour stops in Boston, Wales and France after placing seventh in the qualifying competition. He was not among the list of the 14 divers set to compete in the 2013 qualifier.
Colturi won the event and LoBue placed third at the qualifying competition a year ago to earn their full-time spots on the 2012 Cliff Diving World Series tour. LoBue was the top American finisher in 2012 after placing 10th in the 2011 final standings. The UK's Gary Hunt is the three-time defending Cliff Diving World Series champion.
LoBue won the September 2012 Cliff Diving World Series event in Wales and was the runner-up in the first two stops of the tour (France and Norway). He lives in Florida where he is an elementary physical education teacher and assistant diving coach at Pine Crest, a private K-12 school where the Boilermakers have held their winter training trips. The New Jersey native was a four-time All-American for the Boilers from 2004-07.
Colturi finished third in 2012 Cliff Diving World Series stops in Boston and Oman, his top showings along with his event victory in the qualifier. He lives in Ann Arbor where he works in a cardiopulmonary academic research lab at the University of Michigan. The Ohio native was a seven-time All-American for the Boilers from 2008-10.
The 2012 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series tour stop at Fan Pier in Boston Harbor drew a crowd of over 23,000 spectators. It was the only urban stop of the 2012 tour. The majority of the competitions are held along scenic coastlines and at lakes. Divers compete from cliffs 26 to 28 meters above the water.
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series follows the traditional high diving format and is a mix of the rules from FINA and HAD (High Diving Alliance). Divers hand in their four planned dives the day before the first day of competition. The list consists of two required dives of a maximum degree of difficulty of 3.6 and two optional dives assigned a degree of difficulty computed from the HDA table. These dives are scored by five high-diving judges. American diving legend Greg Louganis served as one of the judges.
The winner of each individual tour stop is the diver with the highest points total from the stop. The ranking in each tour stop will be awarded with points according to a predetermined table. The winner of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is the athlete with the highest overall points after seven competitions having applied the scratch-result policy. The divers strike their worst two results, meaning that only the top-five results from each diver will count towards their overall ranking.