Dec. 20, 2011
| USA Diving Website
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Former Purdue diver David Boudia and synchronized 10-meter platform partner Nick McCrory not only won the event for the third straight year at the USA Diving Winter Nationals, but the accomplished duo also captured the national title by a wide margin Tuesday.
Boudia and McCrory won with a score of 898.53, besting the second-place duo by 136.02 points. Boudia and McCrory carried an 82-point lead into the evening finals after scoring 449.46 points in the morning prelims.
Boudia claimed his 15th national title Tuesday. He's also scheduled to compete individually in the 10-meter platform later this week, an event in which McCrory is entered individually as well. The 10-meter platform quarterfinals are set for Wednesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Boudia and McCrory also punched their ticket to London for February's FINA World Cup. They will represent Team USA in the synchronized 10-meter platform. Each country is allotted one synchronized team at the World Cup and Olympics. However, as is the case with all diving events, the Team USA qualifiers for the Olympic Games will not be determined until the U.S. Olympic Trials in June.
Also on Tuesday, Purdue alumnus Erin Mertz got off to a strong start in the 3-meter springboard. She finished in seventh place in the quarterfinals with a score of 311.25, a five-dive list personal record. The top eight finishers in the semifinals Wednesday morning advance to the evening finals. With scores carrying over from round-to-round, Mertz has positioned herself well to advance to the finals.
Redshirt-freshman Alec Back also had a strong showing in the semifinals of the 1-meter springboard Tuesday. While his 17th-place finish (among a field of 35) was not enough for a spot in the finals, he did post a personal-record score of 331.90.
Boudia and McCrory earned a perfect 10 score from an individual judge five times in the finals. The duo finished strong with the final three dives of its list netting scores of at least 86 points, highlighted by back-to-back scores above 90 on dives No. 4 and 5.
Boudia and McCrory earned their highest score of the day on their final dive of the morning preliminaries, earning a 97.20 on a back 2 ½ somersault, 2 ½ twist pike.
The real competition in the synchronized 10-meter platform turned out to be for second place. While Boudia and McCrory won by more than 100 points, the duos that finished second and fourth were separated by just over 10 points.
Danny Cox and Sean Mokhtari are also scheduled to compete individually in the 10-meter platform. The quarterfinals begin Wednesday at 2 p.m., with the semifinals and finals set for Thursday.
Purdue Divers Competing
Alec Back - 1-meter & 3-meter
Jamie Bissett - 3-meter at Canadian Nationals
David Boudia - 10-meter platform, synchronized 10-meter platform & synchronized 3-meter (with Nick McCrory)
Danny Cox - 10-meter platform
Mary Beth Dunnichay - Synchronized 10-meter platform (with Hayley Ishimatsu)
Casey Matthews - 10-meter platform
Erin Mertz - 1-meter, 3-meter & synchronized 3-meter (with Laura Wilkinson)
Maddie Miskulin - 10-meter platform
Sean Mokhtari - 10-meter platform
USA Diving Winter National Schedule
Thursday, Dec. 15 - Men's 1-meter & platform prelims; Women's 3-meter & platform prelims
Friday, Dec. 16 - Men's 3-meter prelims; Women's 1-meter prelims
Saturday, Dec. 17 - Men's synchronized 3-meter prelims & finals; Women's platform quarterfinals & 1-meter semifinals
Sunday, Dec. 18 - Men's 3-meter quarterfinals; Women's 1-meter finals & platform semifinals
Monday, Dec. 19 - Men's 3-meter semifinals & finals; Women's synchronized platform prelims & finals
Tuesday, Dec. 20 - Men's synchronized platform prelims & finals and 1-meter semifinals; Women's 3-meter quarterfinals
Wednesday, Dec. 21 - Men's platform quarterfinals and 1-meter finals; Women's 3-meter semifinals & finals
Thursday, Dec. 22 - Men's platform semifinals & finals; Women's synchronized 3-meter prelims & finals