Rise Of The Kaiser

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore J.P. Perez will be one of a handful of Boilermaker divers competing at next week's Kaiser Permanente National Diving Championships.
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Sophomore J.P. Perez will be one of a handful of Boilermaker divers competing at next week's Kaiser Permanente National Diving Championships.
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July 27, 2007

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker Diving Academy will have a strong presence at the 2007 Kaiser Permanente National Diving Championships, which begin Tuesday, July 31 at Stanford University's Avery Aquatic Center.

Boilermakers Katie Berg, Ashley Karnes, Kyle Mitrione and J.P. Perez all qualified for nationals as a result of their performances at last weekend's preliminary Zone B meet.

Berg won the Zone B platform title with 242.30 points while Karnes placed fourth on 1-meter and fifth on 3-meter. Amanda Miller, who pre-qualified for nationals earlier this year, was runner-up on 3-meter with 265.55 points.

Mitrione scored a sixth-place finish on 3-meter and was second on tower. Perez' top showing was fifth off 1-meter.

The Purdue women won the zone team title with 79 points, beating Fort Lauderdale by three points. Mitrione and Perez combined for 56 points, which placed them fourth behind club teams from Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Auburn.

Karnes finished tied for third in the individual high point category with 35 points. Mitrione, with 39 points, was fourth.

Incoming Boilermakers David Colturi of Legacy Diving Association and Kara Cook of The Woodlands Diving Academy also qualified for nationals through their efforts and the Zone A and C meets.

Colturi was the second highest scoring individual in Zone A with 62 points, winning the 1-meter (334.90) and placing second on tower (400.00). He placed fourth on 3-meter with 353.35 points.

Cook helped The Woodlands win the Zone C team title with 135 points by placing fourth on tower (218.00) and seventh on 3-meter (225.70).

The Kaiser Permanente National Diving Championships is one of USA Diving's most prestigious events as it will also serve as the qualifying event for the FINA World Cup Selection Camp. Divers that perform well at nationals will be invited to attend the camp, which will be used to select the team that will represent the USA at the 2008 FINA Diving World Cup taking place in Beijing, China, from February 20-24, 2008.

Approximately 125 divers will participate at the National Diving Championships. Notable divers expected to compete include 2000 Olympic platform gold medalist and 2005 world champion Laura Wilkinson, 2004 Olympians Troy Dumais, Justin Wilcock and Cassandra Cardinell.

The National Diving Championships will be webcast live at AT&T's Blue Room on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 from 11:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

For more information about upcoming events and divers, log onto usadiving.org

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