WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue divers past and present are currently in the Pacific Northwest preparing for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials where they're striving to earn one of the 14 spots on the U.S. Olympic Diving Team for the Olympic Games in London later this summer.
Under the guidance of Purdue head diving coach Adam Soldati, David Boudia, Michelle Cabassol, Danny Cox, Erin Mertz and Sean Mokhtari will be competing over the next week at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. The suburban Seattle swimming and diving facility also hosted the 2012 NCAA Men's National Championships as well as numerous other national meets.
Action begins Sunday, June 17, with synchronized events and continues through Sunday, June 24. The NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) and NBC will provide television coverage, both live and via tape delay, of the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials.
Selected Purdue swimmers will be competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., later this month. Nine female and 10 male Purdue swimmers have qualified for the national meet.
The U.S. Olympic Diving Trials will showcase the best diving in America and serve as the final team selection competition for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Approximately 120 of the nation's best divers are expected to compete for the 14 spots on the U.S. Olympic Diving Team. The Trials will include 3-meter springboard and 10-meter platform competitions as well as synchronized 3-meter springboard and 10-meter platform competitions. Men and women will compete in all four diving events.
Boudia and Danny Cox will compete individually in the men's 10-meter platform. Preliminaries begin Tuesday with semifinals Wednesday and finals Saturday, June 23.
Mertz will compete individually in the women's 3-meter springboard. The schedule for that event is the same as the men's 10-meter platform.
Boudia, Cabassol and Mokhtari will also compete in synchronized events. In the men's synchronized 10-meter platform, Boudia will team with Nick McCrory and Mokhtari will partner with Brad Homza. Cabassol will compete with Kaylea Arnett in the women's synchronized 3-meter competition. The preliminary and semifinal rounds of the synchronized women's 3-meter and men's 10-meter platform are set for Sunday as the first events of the Trials.
Boudia was a part of the U.S. Olympic Diving Team in 2008, competing in the individual and synchronized 10-meter platform events at the Beijing Games before enrolling at Purdue as a freshman that fall. He won the individual 10-meter platform competition at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Last summer, Boudia won a Silver Medal in the 10-meter platform competition at the 2011 FINA World Championships in China, becoming the first American male since 1986 to medal in the event at the World Championships. Since winning the individual and synchronized (with McCrory) 10-meter platform titles at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in December 2011, Boudia has finished fourth at the FINA Diving World Cup in London (February) and won five medals in the Diving World Series (March and April).