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Road to London: Olympic diving trials end this weekend | SLIDESHOW
Free trips to London will be on the line this weekend inside the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
The week-long United States Olympic Team Trials — Diving culminates Sunday with several berths to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Over the next three days, 10 berths into the London Olympics will be handed out in Federal Way in six different events. The top-two finishers in each final qualify for London. (SEE PHOTOS)
Friday night’s finals start at 8 p.m. with the men’s 3-meter synchronized final. Three-time Olympian Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen lead after scoring 876.00 points in Monday’s preliminaries and semifinals. Olympian Chris Colwill and Drew Livingston are in second at 849.33, and David Bonuchi and Michael Hixon in third with 779.28.
“We had a wake-up call in the preliminaries. The competition was great out there,” Ipsen said. “It was very nerve-wracking, but we’ve been training hard and I’m happy with our semifinal score.”
Saturday’s finals include the men’s 10-meter platform and women’s 3-meter springboard and will start at 1 p.m. Wednesday’s preliminary round of the men’s 10-meter competition was filled with 10s, with David Boudia leading with 1083.75 points. Boudia earned 11 perfect scores throughout the day.
In women’s 3-meter, Cassidy Krug pieced together two solid lists of dives in the preliminaries and semifinals, finishing the day with 718.85 points to take a 39.2-point lead over 2008 Olympian Christina Loukas heading into the final.
“I took it one dive at a time, and it was pretty successful. For finals, I want to let my body go and let it do what it wants to do. I’m going to trust in what I can do,” said Krug, who hopes to make her first Olympic team.
Loukas stands in second place with 679.65 points, including 357.80 from her semifinal list after going 321.85 in the prelims. Her best dive came in round two with 76.50 points on her reverse 2 ½ pike.
“I was really happy with the semifinals. I think I handled everything well,” Loukas said. “I was playing it safe this morning. I was more aggressive and confident this evening, and it worked. I’m going to stick to that for finals.”
The Olympic berths given away Sunday will be to the top-two finishers in the men’s 3-meter springboard and women’s 10-meter platform. Events will kickoff at noon.
Ipsen is also leading with 993.8 in the 3-meter springboard competition, while his synchro partner, Dumais is second after Wednesday’s preliminaries.
“I think I did pretty well,” the 19-year-old Ipsen said. “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.”
Brittany Viola scored 734.30 points to lead the 10-meter event heading into finals.
“Something about this competition just gets your heart pumping. I’m going to bring the same focus and enjoyment into the finals,” Viola said.
Tickets, TV schedule and parking
All of the finals competition from Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network and NBC. Friday’s finals will be televised from 8 to 9 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network, Saturday’s events will be on NBC from 1 to 3 p.m. and Sunday’s finals will also be on NBC from noon to 3 p.m.
Tickets are still available for the last three days of the Olympic Diving Trials. Finals-only premium seats are on sale for $100 and $75 for resered seats. Single-session finals tickets are $35, $25 and $15.
There is an on-site parking lot at the Aquatic Center and visitors may also park in the adjacent Federal Way National Little League Baseball Complex parking lot, which will be charging a fee.