Ariel Rittenhouse, Ryan Hawkins Earn Top Seeds at USA Diving Nationals

Photo by Matthew DeMaria/Tennessee Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, August 16. 2008 Olympian Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) finished first in the women’s 3-meter semifinals Friday at the AT&T National Diving Championships to lead the field of 12 advancing to Sunday’sfinals, while Ryan Hawkins (Charlotte, N.C./Blacksburg, Va.) was the top qualifier out of the men’s 10-meter semifinals.

Rittenhouse finished with 316.45 points to lead the women’s 3-meter field. She opened the semifinals with 70.50 points on her back 2 ½ pike and led throughout the entire contest, scoring 66 points or higher on four of her five dives.

2014 World Cup team members Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.)  and Maren Taylor (Arlington, Va./Austin, Texas) finished second and third with 306.50 and 306.30 points, respectively. In seventh place through three rounds, Ryan jumped up to second place after scoring 66 points on an inward 2 ½ pike and 67.50 points on a front 2 ½ with a twist in the last two rounds. Taylor had two dives score 67.50 points, her first-round inward 2 ½ pike and her fourth-round reverse 2 ½ pike.

Hawkins finished with 459.00 points, just ahead of second-place finisher Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.), who scored 457.50 points. Hawkins earned 85 points or higher on three of his six dives, with his best coming in the last round when the judges awarded him 95.40 points on his back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists. Three of Windle’s dives were scored at 81.60 or higher, with his best coming with 88 points on a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists. Toby Stanley(Conway, Ark./Noblesville, Ind.) finished third with 428.85 points.

The AT&T National Diving Championships continue through Sunday, August 17Saturday’s competition features finals in men’s synchronized 10-meter, women’s synchronized 3-meter, men’s individual 3-meter and women’s individual 10-meter.

2014 AT&T National Diving Championships – August 15, 2014

Men’s 10-meter semifinals – Top 12 advance to finals

1.Ryan Hawkins, H2okie Aquatics, 459.00;2. Jordan Windle, Duke Diving, 457.50;3. Toby Stanley, Indiana Diving, 428.85;4. Dominic Giordano, Unattached, 426.40;5. Brandon Loschiavo, Mission Viejo, 421.20;6. Zachary Cooper, Indiana Diving, 412.70;7. Mark Anderson, Longhorn Aquatics, 395.10;8. Manny Pollard, Unattached, 374.65;9. Tarek Abdelghany, Mission Viejo, 362.40;10. Nathan Cox, Boiler Diving Academy, 362.25;11. Theodore Miclau, Stanford Diving, 338.30;12. Andrew Hull, Indiana University Dive Club, 337.60;13. Tanner Wilfong, Unattached, 317.35;14. Danton Rogers, Indiana University Dive Club, 312.55;15. Lester Wright, UCSB Dive Club (CALCODIV), 303.25;16. Matthew Casillas, Mission Viejo, 291.90;17. Addison Boschult, Unattached, 287.20;18. Clark Thomas, Unattached, 280.45;

Eliminated after preliminaries
19. James Parker Meinecke, Unattached, 269.60.

Women’s 3-meter semifinals – Top 12 advance to finals

1. Ariel Rittenhouse, Stanford Diving, 316.45;2. Laura Ryan, Georgia Diving Club, 306.50;3. Maren Taylor, Longhorn Aquatics, 306.30;4. Elisabeth Dawson, North Carolina Diving, 300.00;5. Amanda Burke, Unattached, 296.15;6. Lacey Houser, Indiana University Dive Club, 288.70;7. Lauren Reedy, Unattached, 287.10;8. Cassie Weil, Unattached, 272.55;9. Michole Timm, North Carolina Diving, 271.20;10. Maria Lohman, Pitt Aquatic Club, 270.40;11. Emma Ivory-Ganja, Longhorn Aquatics, 266.85;12. Mackenzie Willborn, GC Diving, 259.75;13. Ashlynn Peters, Woodlands Diving Academy, 255.80;14. Emily Grund, GC Diving, 254.80;15. Rachel Mumma, Pack Diving, 254.70;16. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Marlins Diving Club, 240.95;17. Kelli Stockton, H2okie Aquatics, 240.25;18. Maria Coburn, Longhorn Aquatics, 231.30;

Eliminated after preliminaries
19. Karlee Price, Divingwell, 256.25;20. Kaylea Arnett, H2okie Aquatics, 254.55;20. Caitlin Chambers, Unattached, 254.55;22. Annika Lenz, UCLA Diving, 251.05;23. Madison Witt, Mission Viejo, 250.4  0;24. Deidre Freeman, Iowa Diving Club, 242.65;25. Kristen Hayden, Duke Diving, 236.40;26. Brooke Schultz, Indiana Diving, 231.45;27. Tarrin Gilliland, Longhorn Aquatics, 228.15;28. Charlye Campbell, City of Midland, 227.90;29. Chelsea Jackson, Northern Arizona Divers, 205.70;30. Alice Yanovsky, UCLA Diving, 193.35.

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