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Steele Johnson places fourth on 10-meter at World Series in Windsor

Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) finished fourth in the individual men’s 10-meter final Sunday at the FINA Diving World Series in Windsor, Ontario. Olympic champion David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) finished seventh overall but did not advance to the final.

Johnson scored 503.45 points in the final, including 98.05 points on his front 4 ½ tuck and 91.80 points on his back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists. China’s Yang Jian scored more than 100 points on two dives – including 116.85 points on a front 4 ½ pike – to win gold with 567.25 points. Lin Yue of China was second at 533.65, and Olympic bronze medalist Tom Daley of Great Britain scored 511.50 points for the bronze.

Johnson advanced to the finals after finishing first in semifinal B with 477.20 points. The top three divers in each of two semifinals advance to the finals.

Boudia finished fourth in semifinal A. He was in position to advance with two rounds left in his semifinal but scored just 44.40 points on his front 4 ½ tuck in round five to knock him out of a spot in the finals. He finished with a six-dive total of 462.70.

On Friday, Boudia and Johnson paired for the silver medal in synchronized 10-meter.

The 2015 FINA Diving World Series comes to a close next week with the final stop in Merida, Mexico.

Troy Dumais picks up a pair of fifth-place finishes at World Series

Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) picked up a pair of fifth-place finishes Saturday at the FINA Diving World Series in Windsor, Ontario. The four-time Olympian finished fifth in the individual men’s 3-meter competition before pairing with Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) for fifth in mixed synchronized 3-meter.

Dumais scored 453.75 points to finish fifth in the individual 3-meter competition. Three of his six dives scored more than 80 points, including a reverse 3 ½ tuck that earned 84 points and a front 2 ½ with two twists that scored 85 points. Dumais also competed a front 4 ½ tuck, a relatively new dive for him, and he earned 57 points on the dive in the finals. Dumais advanced to the finals after placing third with 432.05 points in semifinal A. The top three divers from each of two semifinals advance to the six-diver final.

Great Britain’s Jack Laugher took home the 3-meter gold after finishing with 526.30 points. China’s He Chao scored 521.65 points for silver, and Mexico’s Rommel Pacheco was third at 498.10.

Immediately following the men’s 3-meter final, Dumais and Ryan competed in their first mixed 3-meter synchro competition together. A new FINA event for the 2015 season, mixed synchronized diving pairs a male and female diver together as a synchro team. The American team scored 279.66 points in their mixed synchro debut. Their inward 2 ½ pike scored 72 points and was the highest scoring dive by any team other than the Chinese gold medalists, but a miss on their front 3 ½ pike kept the Americans out of the medal hunt. He Zi and Lin Yue finished with 323.70 points for the win, with silver going to Mexico’s Pacheco and Dolores Hernandez with 299.70 points. Tom Daley and Alicia Blagg of Great Britain scored 296.31 points for the bronze.

The World Series in Windsor concludes Sunday, when David Boudia and Steele Johnson compete in the individual men’s 10-meter event. Boudia and Johnson won the silver medal in synchronized 10-meter on Friday.

Boudia and Johnson win World Series silver in Windsor

David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) and Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) won the silver medal in synchronized 10-meter Friday at the FINA Diving World Series in Windsor, Ontario. Also on Friday, Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) and Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.) were sixth in men’s synchronized 3-meter.

Boudia and Johnson finished with 431.52 points in the men’s 10-meter synchro event, second only to the Chinese team of Lin Yue and Yang Jian, who scored 433.50 points for gold. The German team of Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein were third with 430.92 points.

Boudia and Johnson were in the lead with two rounds to go after scoring 90.78 points on their fourth-round reverse 3 ½ tuck. Up next was the difficult front 4 ½ tuck, the same dive Johnson missed for just 27.75 points in last week’s individual World Championships trials preliminaries before he switched to the easier front 3 ½ pike in the semifinals and finals at the trials. At the World Series, Boudia and Johnson came through for 68.82 points on the front 4 ½ tuck. The dive dropped them to third place with one dive to go, but they closed out their list 89.64 points on their back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists to move up one spot for the silver medal.

Dumais and Dorman, competing together for just the second time and their first time together internationally, scored 365.43 points to finish sixth of six teams in the men’s 3-meter synchro contest. In fifth place through four rounds, they also struggled on their front 4 ½ tuck in round five. Dorman and Dumais scored 57 points on the dive to drop to sixth place with one round to go. They ended with 62.22 points on a front 2 ½ with two twists.

China’s He Chong and He Chao were first at 429.87, while Mexico’s Rommel Pacheco and Jahir Ocampo scored 421.92 for silver. Hausding and Stephan Feck took bronze for Germany with 409.83 points.

The FINA Diving World Series in Windsor continues through Sunday. On Saturday, Dumais will compete in the individual men’s 3-meter event as well as with Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) in the mixed synchronized 3-meter contest.

Coaching staff named for FINA World Championships

USA Diving has named four coaches to the official coaching staff for the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Randy Ableman (University of Miami), Nunzio Esposto (Duke University), Drew Johansen (Indiana University) and Dan Laak (University of Georgia) will coach Team USA at the World Championships, which are set for July 24-August 2.

The coaching staff was selected following the conclusion of the individual World Championship trials in Bloomington, Indiana.

Eight divers named to the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games team

Eight divers have been selected to represent the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario. The diving events will take place July 10-13.

The U.S. roster includes Pan American Games veteran and 2008 Olympian Mary Beth Dunnichay (Elwood, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.), who won a bronze medal in synchronized 10-meter at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

2013 World Championship team members Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa), and Maren Taylor (Arlington, Va./Austin, Texas) also are on the eight-diver roster.

Rounding out the U.S. roster are Cory Bowersox (Burke, Va./Austin, Texas), Zachary Cooper (Trafalgar, Ind./Indianapolis, Ind.), Ryan Hawkins (Charlotte, N.C./Blacksburg, Va.), Zac Nees (Hatfield, Pa./State College, Pa.) and Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.).

With a maximum of eight spots available on the team, the U.S. selected four synchronized teams to fill the Pan American Games roster. The highest placing synchronized team at the 2015 USA Diving Synchronized National Championships that does not include a member of the 2015 World Championship team in an Olympic event was nominated to the Pan Am Games team. The synchronized divers also will compete in their corresponding individual events at Pan Ams.

Dunnichay and Schnell were second in women’s synchronized 10-meter, while Freeman and Taylor were second in women’s synchronized 3-meter at the Synchronized National Championships, which were held April 9-12 in Greensboro, N.C. Cooper and Hawkins finished second in men’s synchronized 10-meter, while Bowersox and Nees were fifth in men’s synchronized 3-meter.

The 2015 U.S. Pan American Diving Team is subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

Seven divers earn World Championship roster spots on final day of world trials

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Five divers added another event to their schedules for this summer’s FINA World Championships, while two more divers punched their tickets to Russia by qualifying for their first events as the USA Diving World Championship Trials came to a close Sunday at Indiana University’s Councilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. In all, 16 divers will represent the United States at the World Championships.

David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.), Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.), Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.), Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) and Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) had already qualified for worlds and will now do a second event in Kazan. David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/Coral Gables, Fla.) and Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind.) added their names to the World Championships roster after qualifying for their first events.

Boudia and Cozad won the individual 10-meter events, while Hixon and Ryan were first in the individual 3-meter events. Parratto and Dinsmore were second on 10-meter, while Schmidt was second on 3-meter.

Scores were cumulative over three lists of dives, and Hixon and Schmidt entered Sunday’s 3-meter final in second and third place before moving into first and second late in the finals.

Hixon won with 1352.30 points, while Schmidt was second at 1304.34. Hixon took the lead after round three of the finals when he scored 91 points on a reverse 1 ½ with 3 ½ twists. He followed with 94.50 points on a reverse 3 ½ tuck in round four and then added 102.60 points a reverse 4 ½ tuck in round five before closing out his list with a 76.50-point inward 3 ½ tuck. Hixon will also dive 1-meter at worlds.

“We never gave up. I was in a really big hole after prelims, and you can’t give up. This was an 18-dive contest,” Hixon said.

As for the front 4 ½, which all but secured his victory, Hixon said he knew it could score high but admitted he almost scrapped it for the easier front 3 ½ pike.

“I knew it was going to be up there, hopefully about 100. We almost weren’t going to use the dive about a week and a half ago, but coach (Drew Johansen) said you’ve got to believe in this,” Hixon said.

Schmidt was in third place and just 2.1 points behind Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.) with two rounds to go. Schmidt came through with 91.20 points on his fifth-round front 4 ½ tuck while Ipsen missed his reverse 3 ½ tuck for 47.25 points in that same round, allowing Schmidt to move to second. Ipsen ultimately finished fourth with 1262.60 points, while Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas)was third at 1269.60.

Boudia dominated the men’s 10-meter contest, scoring 1544.05 points to win by nearly 200 points. Boudia earned two 10s on his last dive, a back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists that scored 102.60 points, and the Olympic champion scored more than 90 points on two other dives in the final. The 17-year-old Dinsmore qualified for his first World Championships after finishing second with 1353.55 points, edging out Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.), who was third with 1341.30 points. Boudia and Johnson had previously qualified in synchronized 10-meter.

Cozad scored 1017.05 points over three lists of dives to win the women’s 10-meter, while Parratto was second with 1009.25 points. They were first and second heading into the finals and stayed consistent throughout to maintain their positions. Cozad’s best dive in the finals was her armstand double back with 1 ½ twists, which earned 75.20 points, while Parratto scored more than 70 points on three of her dives in the final. They will also compete 10-meter synchro for Team USA at worlds.

“I was extremely consistent, which has always been a challenge for me. I’ve hit really well in the past, but I’ve also missed poorly in the past. Other than my back 3 ½ in finals, I think I was around 7s on every dive this week, which is great. Consistency is the name of the game,” Cozad said.

Ryan, who previously qualified in 3-meter synchro, won the women’s 3-meter event after finishing with 891.25 points on her three lists. Although her preliminary and semifinal lists scored higher, she was steady and maintained her lead to qualify for worlds individually after already making the team in synchronized 3-meter. She started off the finals with 67.50 points on her back 2 ½ pike for her best marks of the day.

“I just wanted to come in and be steady and focus on the exact same things I had been focusing on all weekend. I was definitely a little rocky (in finals), but I’m thrilled about the outcome and excited to get back to work to get ready for Russia,” Ryan said.

Deidre Freeman
(Grinnell, Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa) finished second with 853.30 points, but did not make the qualifying score of 870 points needed to be selected to the team.

The World Championships are July 24-August 2 and will be the first major opportunity for countries to qualify spots for the 2016 Olympic Games.

USA Diving roster for 2015 FINA World Championships
Men’s 1-meter
Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.)
Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.)

Men’s 3-meter
Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.)
Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind.)

Men’s 10-meter
David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.)
David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/Coral Gables, Fla.)

Women’s 1-meter
Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa./Tucson, Ariz.)
Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif./Stanford, Calif.)

Women’s 3-meter
Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.)

Women’s 10-meter
Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.)
Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.)

Men’s synchronized 3-meter
Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.) and Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.)

Women’s synchronized 3-meter
Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.) and Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.)

Men’s synchronized 10-meter
David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) and Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.)

Women’s synchronized 10-meter
Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.) and Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.)

Mixed synchronized 3-meter
Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.) and Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C./Durham, N.C.)

Mixed synchronized 10-meter
Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas) and Mark Anderson (Lake Forest, Calif./Austin, Texas)

Boudia, Ryan in first after men’s 10-meter, women’s 3-meter semifinals at World Championship Trials

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Olympic champion David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) leads the men’s 10-meter standings after Saturday’s preliminary and semifinal competition at USA Diving’s World Championship Trials, while Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) sits atop the women’s 3-meter standings. The finals are set for Sunday at Indiana University’s Councilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.

Boudia dominated the men’s 10-meter event, scoring 1024.80 points over two lists of dives to take a 124.1-point lead into Sunday’s final. Boudia scored more than 80 points on nine of 12 dives throughout the day, with three going for more than 90 points. His back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists earned 97.20 points in the preliminaries, with his reverse 3 ½ tuck scoring 93.50 points in the prelims and 95.20 points in the semis.

David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/Coral Gables, Fla.) heads into the finals in second place with 900.70 points. He scored 91.80 on two dives, his reverse 3 ½ tuck in the prelims and his armstand double back somersault with 2 ½ twists in the semifinals.

Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) is in third with 846.55 points. Johnson was in second place at the halfway point of preliminaries but missed a front 4 ½ tuck for just 23.50 points in round four. After ending up fifth in the preliminaries, he changed his list for the semifinals, opting for the less difficult front 3 ½ pike. He scored 70.50 points on the dive and had two other dives score more than 80 points as he climbed his way back up to third in the standings.

Ryan led the women’s 3-meter field with 610.25 points after two lists of dives. Amanda Burke (Southampton, Pa./State College, Pa.) is second with 566.70 points, and Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa) is third at 557.65.

While two spots are available for the World Championship team on each individual event, divers must also meet minimum scores and degree of difficulty requirements to be selected. The minimum score for women’s 3-meter is 870, or an average of 290 per list, which means only Ryan currently is on track to meet the required score. All other divers would need to make up ground to reach the score.

Ryan scored 311.70 points on her preliminary list of dives and added 299.15 points in the semifinals. She earned more than 60 points on six of her 10 dives on Saturday – three in the preliminaries and three in the semifinals. She received 69 points on her back 2 ½ pike for her best score in the prelims, with her reverse 2 ½ pike scoring 67.50 points in the semifinals.

Burke scored 303.75 points in the preliminaries, but followed up with just 262.95 points in the semifinals to head into the finals 13.3 points off the pace needed to meet the score. Burke scored no lower than 54 points on any dive in the prelims, with a best of 69.75 points on her front 3 ½ pike. Her front 3 ½ pike was also her highest scoring dive in the semifinals, earning 60.45 points, but she missed her inward 2 ½ pike for just 36 points.

Freeman made a big jump in the standings to move up to third place after the semifinals. In 10th place with just 241.15 points after the preliminaries, Freeman’s semifinal list was good for 316.5 points to improve to third heading into the finals. She scored 72 points on her reverse 2 ½ pike and 70.50 points on her inward 2 ½ pike in the semifinals, good for the highest-scoring dives by any women’s 3-meter diver in the preliminaries or semifinals.

The World Championship Trials conclude Sunday with finals in all four events. Competition begins at 11 a.m. with women’s 10-meter, followed by men’s 3-meter, women’s 3-meter and men’s 10-meter.

Cozad, Ipsen lead after World Championship Trials semifinals

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Competing at their home pool, Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.) and Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) are in first and second place in the women’s 10-meter contest after Friday’s semifinals at the World Championship Trials at Indiana University’s Councilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Olympian Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.) leads the men’s 3-meter standings after semifinals, while Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) is in second place. Two spots are available on each event for this summer’s World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Scores are cumulative throughout the trials.

Ipsen heads into Sunday’s men’s 3-meter final with 860.55 points after two lists of dives, with Hixon in second at 849.50 and Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind.) in third at 837.55. Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) is in fourth place with 804.30 points despite failing his reverse 1 ½ with 3 ½ twists after a bad hurdle in the preliminaries.
Ipsen and Hixon have already qualified for the World Championships on 1-meter, while Ipsen is also on the world team for synchronized 3-meter.

Ipsen scored more than 80 points on his last three dives in the preliminaries, including 89.25 points on a reverse 3 ½ tuck and 84 points on his reverse 1 ½ with 3 ½ twists, to finish his preliminary list with 453.25 points for first place. His best dive in the semis was his reverse twister, which scored 80.50 points as he held onto the lead after the semifinals.

Hixon was in third place after the preliminaries and held that spot until the fifth round of the semifinals when he scored 96.90 points on his front 4 ½ tuck. Schmidt, who was in second at that point, performed the same dive for just 55.10 points to allow Hixon to move ahead of him in the standings. Hixon closed out his semifinal list with an 81.60-points inward 3 ½ tuck to maintain the second spot heading into the finals.

Cozad scored 695.30 points on two lists of dives to take the lead heading into Sunday’s finals. Parratto is in second with 669.30 points, with Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas) in third at 628.95 points. Mya Kraeger (Willis, Texas) is fourth with 583.05 points. Cozad and Parrato have already qualified for the world team in synchronized 10-meter, while Bromberg has qualified in mixed synchronized 10-meter.

Cozad scored 365.10 points on her first list of dives to lead after the preliminaries, in which she scored no lower 69.30 points on any of her six dives. She earned 75 points on her front 3 ½ pike and added 78.40 points on her inward 3 ½ tuck. In the semifinals, her best marks came with 72.60 points on her back 3 ½ tuck and 72 on her front 3 ½ pike.

Parratto had the highest single-scoring dives of the day, with 79.20 points on both her back 3 ½ tuck and back armstand triple somersault in the preliminaries. In the semifinals, though, her back 3 ½ earned just 54. 45 points and her armstand scored 64.35 points to widen the gap between her and Cozad heading into the finals.

The World Championship Trials run through Sunday. Saturday’s competition features preliminaries and semifinals on women’s 3-meter and men’s 10-meter.

Nominations sought for Jack Kelly Fair Play Award

Each year, the United States Olympic Committee presents the Jack Kelly Fair Play Award, established in 1985 to honor the late USOC President Jack Kelly Jr.

The award is presented to an athlete, team, coach or official in recognition of an outstanding act of fair play and sportsmanship displayed during the past year.

Fair play can be described as an athlete who is dedicated to playing fair, obeys the rules, and upholds the spirit of the game. Sportsmanship is an athlete whose conduct and attitude demonstrate gracious behavior before, during, and after competition.

USA Diving is seeking potential candidates for this award. If you know of a diver, coach, official or team who might be a good candidate for USA Diving to nominate this year, please send all relevant details to jennifer.lowery@usadiving.org by May 27. Please be sure to describe in detail the act of fair play/sportsmanship and the reason why the individual should be considered for USA Diving’s nomination.

Dunnichay/Schnell fifth, Klein/Christensen sixth at FINA World Series in London

2008 Olympian Mary Beth Dunnichay (Elwood, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) returned to international competition for the first time since 2011 when she and Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) competed in synchronized 10-meter Friday at a FINA World Series meet in London, Great Britain.

The pair scored 257.22 points to finish fifth out of five teams, while Bryce Klein (Southlake, Texas/Dallas, Texas) and Bradley Christensen (Southlake, Texas/Stanford, Calif.) competed in the men’s synchronized 3-meter event and scored 342.72 points for sixth place out of seven teams.

Dunnichay and Schnell found themselves in a hole from the start after Schnell’s foot hit the platform on their first dive, a back dive pike that earned just 33.60 points. They rebounded with 44.40 points on their reverse dive pike in round two, and their first two optional dives scored more than 60 points. They scored 62.10 points on their front 3 ½ pike and added 64.32 points on their inward 3 ½ tuck before closing out their list with 52.80 points on a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists.

China’s Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia topped the field with 332.88 points. Malaysia’s Mun Yee Leong and Jun Hoong Cheong scored 314.94 for silver, and Great Britain’s Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow were third with 311.88 points.

Christensen and Klein started strong with 49.80 points on their opening-round back dive pike and added 46.20 points on a reverse dive pike to sit in fifth place after two rounds of competitions. They dropped to sixth after the first round of optional dives, scoring just 53.94 points on their front 3 ½ pike. Their best two dives came in the final rounds, earning 65.28 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck and 69.36 points on a front 2 ½ with 2 twists in the last round.

China’s Qin Kai and Cao Yuan took the gold with 447.75 points, with silver going to Great Britain’s Jack Laugher and Chris Mears at 433.80 points. The Russian team of Ilia Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 429.21 points for bronze.