Andrew Capobianco and Carson Tyler with their awards at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials
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Andrew Capobianco, Carson Tyler Qualify Individually on 3-Meter for Olympic Games

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Andrew Capobianco (Holly Springs, N.C./Bloomington, Ind.) won 3-meter to qualify for his second Olympic Games, while Carson Tyler (Moultrie, Ga./Bloomington, Ind.) added another event to his Paris schedule with a second-place 3-meter finish Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Tyler won the 10-meter contest on Saturday and will compete both individual events in Paris. He’s the first American since Mark Ruiz in 2000 to qualify in both the 3-meter and 10-meter individual events at the same Olympic Games.

“It feels amazing. Hearing that is just crazy. It really doesn’t sound real,” Tyler said.  

Capobianco won the 3-meter contest with 971.80 points over his two lists of dives, while Tyler finished second at 945.75.

Scores from Friday’s semifinal carried over, and Capobianco had a 21.65-point lead over Tyler and was 77.15 points ahead of third heading into the final. He scored 81-plus points on five of his six dives, but he missed his fourth-round dive for just 32.40 points. He bounced back with 93.60 and 93.10 points on his front 4 ½ tuck and his front 2 ½ with three twists to cap off the victory.

“I definitely had more nerves today than I thought. I had a pretty big lead coming into today. Usually, I’m pretty good at being the comeback kid and coming from behind, so I’m not really used to having that lead and having to try and keep it,” Capobianco said. “It’s definitely hard to dive like that where you’re diving not to miss instead of diving to hit. I think I did a good job managing that. I had one miss in there I’m not too happy about. Everything else was really solid, so I can’t be too mad.”

After winning the 10-meter contest by 73.15 points on Saturday, Tyler came through with another consistent effort in the 3-meter final. He scored no lower than 71 points on any of his six 3-meter dives. He received three 9.0s for 78 points on a back 2 ½ pike and finished with 84 points on a reverse 1 ½ with 3 ½ twists.  He endured four straight days of competition, with preliminary and semifinal events on both Thursday and Friday and finals on Saturday and Sunday.

“I would just say training and everything has prepared me, but it is a challenge. I am definitely feeling it, but the adrenaline helps. I was a little tired today too, but I really just dug deep and we made it through,” Tyler said.

Men’s 3-Meter Results

1. Andrew Capobianco (Johansen Diving Academy), 971.80;2. Carson Tyler (Johansen Diving Academy), 945.75;3. Quentin Henninger (Johansen Diving Academy), 870.50;4. Luke Sitz (Dallas Metroplex Diving), 843.60;5. Tyler Downs (RipFest), 842.40;6. Grayson Campbell (Mission Viejo Nadadores Dive), 802.20;7. Jack Ryan (Stanford Diving), 790.20;8. Gregory Duncan (Purdue Diving), 731.70;9. Evan Moretti (New York Dive Club), 720.50;10. Brendan McCourt (Longhorn Aquatics), 719.40;11. Max Fowler (Georgia Tech Diving), 701.15;12. Clayton Chaplin (Unattached), 676.75