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Olympic Diving Trials: Ipsen, Viola lead after men’s 3-meter, women’s 10-meter semifinals

The United States Olympic Trials — Diving continues at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center through June 24 with berths into August
The United States Olympic Trials — Diving continues at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center through June 24 with berths into August's 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London on the line.
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Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif.) and Brittany Viola (Orlando, Fla.) lead the men’s 3-meter and women’s 10-meter standings after Wednesday’s preliminary and semifinal rounds at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials inside the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Ipsen takes a 39.60-point lead into Sunday’s final, while Viola carries a 30.55-point advantage. The top two finishers on each event will earn spots on the Olympic team.

Ipsen finished 993.80 points on his two lists of 3-meter dives, while his synchro partner Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) is in second with 954.20 points, just 3.05 points ahead of Chris Colwill (Brandon, Fla.).

Ipsen, who led by 46.20 points after the preliminaries, had his lead cut to 17.15 after he missed his inward 3 ½ tuck for just 49.30 points in round three of the semifinals. He bounced back to score no lower than 86.70 points on each of his three remaining dives, including 91.80 points on his front 2 ½ with 2 twists in round four.

“I think I did pretty well today. I don’t usually do as well in high-pressure situations. I missed my third round dive but I didn’t let it phase me,” the 19-year-old Ipsen said.

Colwill, who was in third after prelims, jumped into second place after an 88.40-point effort on his front 2 ½ with 2 twists in the third round of the semifinals, but Dumais regained the second spot in round four after he picked up 86.70 points on his inward 3 ½ tuck.

Viola scored 734.30 points on her two 10-meter lists to lead heading into finals. In the preliminaries, she scored no lower than 72 points on any dive, including a front 3 ½ pike and an armstand double back somersault with 1 ½ twists that both went for more than 80 points. In semifinals, she opened up with a 10 on her front 3 ½ pike for 82.50 points and followed with 88 points on her armstand.

“Something about this competition just gets your heart pumping. I’m going to bring the same focus and enjoyment into the finals,” Viola said.

Katie Bell (Columbus, Ohio) is in second with 703.75 points despite getting off to a slow start in prelims. She earned just 55.50 points on her opening dive, a front 3 ½ pike that put her in 19th place after the first round. She slowly climbed up the standings, much in part to 76.80 points on her inward 3 ½ tuck in round three and 78.40 points on her back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists in round five on the prelims to head into the semis in second. She started off with 9s and 9.5s on her first two dives in the semis and was consistent throughout the evening.

“After prelims, I went home and took a nap and started my routine as a new day this evening. I didn’t feel like I had to do anything special; I just needed to be relaxed,” Bell said.

The Trials continue through Sunday, June 24. The first finals are Thursday, with competition in women’s synchronized 3-meter and men’s synchronized 10-meter on tap.

 

Wednesday's Results

Men 3m Springboard (Semifinal) (Top 12 advance to finals)

1. Kristian IPSEN, Stanford Diving, 993.80;2. Troy DUMAIS, Longhorn Aquatics, 954.20;3. Christopher COLWILL, Georgia Diving Club, 951.15;4. Thomas FINCHUM, Unattached, 836.85;5. Justin DUMAIS, YCF Diving Team, 822.60;6. Dwight DUMAIS, Longhorn Aquatics, 793.30;7. Bradley CHRISTENSEN, GC Diving, 788.40;8. Bryce KLEIN, GC Diving, 765.40;9. David BONUCHI, Mizzou Diving, 740.95;10. Brandon WATSON, Unattached, 737.70;11. Aaron FLESHNER, Alabama Diving, 734.30;12. Michael WRIGHT, Tennessee Diving, 721.05;13. Chris HEATON, Unattached, 715.90;14. Christian HOLSTEIN, Ohio State University, 707.65;15. Benjamin GRADO, Tucson Diving Team, 705.85;16. Samuel DORMAN, University of Miami, 702.75;17. Drew LIVINGSTON, The University of Texas, 701.65;18. Michael MOSCA, Harvard Diving, 636.05;

Men 3m Springboard (Preliminary) (Top 18 advanced to semifinals)

1.Kristian IPSEN, Stanford Diving, 511.90;2. Troy DUMAIS, Longhorn Aquatics, 465.70;3. Christopher COLWILL, Georgia Diving Club, 458.90;4. Justin DUMAIS, YCF Diving Team, 419.35;5. Thomas FINCHUM, Unattached, 412.50;6. David BONUCHI, Mizzou Diving, 403.05;7. Dwight DUMAIS, Longhorn Aquatics, 390.90;8. Aaron FLESHNER, Alabama Diving, 374.60;9. Bradley CHRISTENSEN, GC Diving, 369.00;10. Brandon WATSON, Unattached, 365.40;11. Drew LIVINGSTON, The University of Texas, 356.55;12. Michael WRIGHT, Tennessee Diving, 352.40;13. Chris HEATON, Unattached, 351.00;14. Benjamin GRADO, Tucson Diving Team, 349.70;15. Christian HOLSTEIN, Ohio State University, 347.70;16. Bryce KLEIN, GC Diving, 344.90;17. Michael MOSCA, Harvard Diving, 343.80;18. Samuel DORMAN, University of Miami, 341.90;19. Ryan HELMS, Tennessee Diving, 335.95;20. Cameron BRADSHAW, Sun Devil Divers, 324.00;21. David MACDONALD, Whirlwind Diving, 310.30;22. Rylan RIDENOUR, South Carolina Divers, 305.80;23. Zachary NEES, Unattached, 298.45;24. Christopher LAW, Alamo Area Aquatics Diving, 297.35;25. Dashiell ENOS, Unattached, 297.00;26. Cory BOWERSOX, Dominion Dive Club, 267.70;27. Ian FORLINI, Centennial Diving, 263.55;28. Finn SCRIBBICK, San Antonio Divers, 260.70;29. Michael HIXON, Unattached, 60.45;

Senior Women Platform (Semifinal) (Top 12 advance to finals)

1. Brittany VIOLA, University of Miami, 734.30;2. Katherine BELL, Ohio State Diving Club, 703.75;3. Haley ISHIMATSU, Trojan Dive Club, 674.05;4. Amy COZAD, Indiana Diving Club, 660.50;5. Victoria LAMP, Tennessee Diving, 641.15;6. Anna JAMES, City of Midland, 637.40;7. Amy KORTHAUER, Indiana Diving Club, 612.20;8. Samantha BROMBERG, Ohio State Diving Club, 611.25;9. Jessica PARRATTO, Unattached, 606.70;10. Katrina YOUNG, Tomahawk Diving Club, 589.10;11. Gracia LEYDON-MAHONEY, Duke Aquatics, 570.45;12. Laura RYAN, Unattached, 566.60;13. Carrie DRAGLAND, University of Miami, 547.80;14. Vennie DANTIN, Auburn Diving, 540.75;15. Sydney COUCH, Unattached, 538.60;16. Lacey HOUSER, Starz Diving Club, 531.45;17. Chen NI, Unattached, 522.80;18. Annika LENZ, SoCal Divers, 503.15;

Senior Women Platform (Preliminary) (Top 18 advanced to semifinals)

1. Brittany VIOLA, University of Miami, 380.55;2. Katherine BELL, Ohio State Diving Club, 339.25;3. Amy KORTHAUER, Indiana Diving Club, 323.10;4. Laura RYAN, Unattached, 323.00;5. Anna JAMES, City of Midland, 316.90;6. Victoria LAMP, Tennessee Diving, 314.65;7. Haley ISHIMATSU, Trojan Dive Club, 311.65;8. Samantha BROMBERG, Ohio State Diving Club, 310.50;9. Amy COZAD, Indiana Diving Club, 309.35;10. Jessica PARRATTO, Unattached, 305.60;11. Gracia LEYDON-MAHONEY, Duke Aquatics, 303.15;12. Vennie DANTIN, Auburn Diving, 296.80;13. Katrina YOUNG, Tomahawk Diving Club, 293.40;14. Carrie DRAGLAND, University of Miami, 287.30;15. Lacey HOUSER, Starz Diving Club, 277.05;16. Chen NI, Unattached, 276.85;17. Sydney COUCH, Unattached, 274.95;18. Annika LENZ, SoCal Divers, 269.00;19. Laura WINN, UCLA Diving, 265.70;20. Emma IVORY-GANJA, UCLA Diving, 260.50;21. Cheyenne COUSINEAU, Ohio State University, 259.40;22. Kelli STOCKTON, H2okie Aquatics, 259.15;23. Lisa FAULKNER, Unattached, 257.65;24. Cassie WEIL, Tualatin Hills Dive Club, 254.80;25. Kaylea ARNETT, H2okie Aquatics, 254.70;26. Emma VILLARREAL, Team A and M Diving, 248.85;27. Lillian HINRICHS, Nebraska Diving Club, 243.75;28. Olivia ROSENDAHL, Trojan Dive Club, 238.65;29. Eszter PRYOR, Ohio State Diving Club, 234.45;30. Rachel RUBADUE, Ohio State Diving Club, 208.65;31. Cosima LENZ, SoCal Divers, 187.35;32. Wallace LAYLAND, YCF Diving Team, 185.05;

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