LONDON, England, February 23. USA's Chris Colwill (Brandon, Fla./Athens, Ga.) finished ninth in a men's 3-meter final that featured five divers scoring more than 500 points, and Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Bloomington, Ind.) and Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.) finished 10th in women's synchronized 10-meter as the U.S. missed out on an Olympic berth Wednesday evening at the FINA Diving World Cup.
Colwill totaled 460.95 points, with his best dive coming in round four when he scored 83.30 points on his reverse 1 ' with 3 ' twists. He was in eighth-place with a round to go, but had a small miss on his reverse 3 ' tuck for 70 points.
'I was diving well, but I missed my last dive. That's normally one of my best dives, and that's what made the difference between ninth and a higher finish. I know I can go 490, but it didn't happen tonight,' Colwill said.
China's He Chong scored 553.35 points for gold, highlighted by two 100-plus point dives in the last two rounds. His teammate Qin Kai scored 524.00 for silver, and Canada's Alexandre Despatie picked up the bronze with 511.95 points. Australia's Ethan Warren and Ukraine's Illya Kvasha also topped 500 points.
Cozad and Ryan, competing in their first World meet, scored 284.70 points in the synchro final. They had some misses in the early rounds, but finished strong with 72 points on their final dive, a back 2 ' with 1 ' twists.
China's Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao scored 359.58 points for gold, while Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion won silver at 331.65. Great Britain's Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch scored 314.40 for bronze.
Also at stake in the women's synchro contest were Olympic spots, with the top four teams not already qualified earning an Olympic berth. China, Great Britain, fourth-place Australia and fifth-place Germany had already qualified, allowing Canada, sixth-place Ukraine, seventh-place Malaysia and eighth-place Mexico to secure their Olympic spots.
'It was a pressure-packed situation for us, and the cards didn't quite fall into place for us, but our hats are off to the other teams,' Ryan said.
World Cup competition continues Thursday with men's synchronized 10-meter preliminaries and finals and women's 3-meter preliminaries.
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