Olympians Lead Qualifying Rounds at USA Diving Winter National Championships

IOWA CITY, Iowa, February 5. OLYMPIAN Kelci Bryant (Chatham, Ill./Minneapolis, Minn.), who won the 1-meter title earlier in the week, finished atop the standings following the women's 3-meter semifinals, and Olympian David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) led the men's 10-meter quarterfinals Friday at the USA Diving Winter National Championships.

The top 12 divers from the women's semifinals advance to Sunday's finals, and the top 18 divers from the men's quarterfinals move on to the semifinals, also set for Sunday.
Bryant posted a combined score of 718.90 points over the quarterfinals and semifinals to earn the top qualifying score. Scores won't carry over to the finals for the purpose of declaring the national champion, but cumulative scores from the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be used to determine the divers who represent the U.S. at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in May and ultimately the FINA World Championships in July.

Olympian Christina Loukas (Riverwoods, Ill./The Woodlands, Texas) qualified second with 709.30 points, highlighted by a record 387.90 points in the semifinals. Kassidy Cook (The Woodlands, Texas) was third with 689.55 points, and Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.) scored a combined 660.95 points for fourth.
In the men's 10-meter quarterfinals, Boudia scored 542.95 points to take a 35-point edge into Sunday's semifinals. Like the 3-meter event, scores from the quarterfinals and semifinals will be combined to determine the 12 finalists. Nick McCrory (Chapel Hill, N.C./Durham, N.C.), who won the synchronized 10-meter title with Boudia on Tuesday, scored 507.35 points to finish second. Olympian Thomas Finchum (Indianapolis, Ind.) was third at 501.85, and Drew Livingston (The Woodlands, Texas/Austin, Texas) with 486.90 points.

The four divers with the highest cumulative scores from the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals who also meet the degree of difficulty requirements will be named to the AT&T Grand Prix team and will go on to phase two of the selection process for the 2011 World Championships team.

The USA Diving Winter National Championships continue through Sunday, February 6. Saturday's competition starts at noon and features three finals: men's 3-meter, women's 10-meter and men's synchronized 3-meter.

USA Diving Winter National Championships
Results – February 4, 2011

Men's 10-meter quarterfinals (top 18 advance to Sunday's final)
1. David Boudia, Purdue University, 542.95;2. Nick McCrory, Unattached, 507.35;3. Thomas Finchum, Unattached, 501.85;4. Drew Livingston, Unattached, 486.90;5. Harrison Jones, University of Southern California, 432.25;6. Dante Jones, Unattached, 410.80;7. Steele Johnson, Unattached, 394.05;8. Andrew Cramer, Starz Diving Club, 373.45;9. Toby Stanley, Unattached, 371.80;10. Michael DellOrco II, Indiana University, 367.00;11. Danny Cox, Purdue University, 366.90;12. Michael Neubacher, Florida State University Diving Team, 350.40;13. Dashiell Enos, Unattached, 342.90;14. Landon Marzullo, Florida State University Diving Team, 336.80;14. Zachary Cooper, Unattached, 336.80;16. Conor Murphy, Indiana University/Indiana Diving, 335.60;17. Cole Young, McCormick Divers, 309.65;18. Zachary Nees, Indiana University, 298.90;19. Nicholas Klein, Florida State University Diving Team, 284.50;20. Derrick Butts, Unattached, 281.15;21. Thomas Selby, Stanford Diving, 203.90

Women's 3-meter semifinals (top 12 advance to Sunday's final)
1. Kelci Bryant, Unattached, 718.80;2. Christina Loukas, Woodlands Diving Academy, 709.30;3. Kassidy Cook, Woodlands Diving Academy, 689.55;4. Abby Johnston, Unattached, 660.95;5. Cassidy Krug, Stanford Diving, 649.25;6. Summer Allman, Legacy Diving, 646.75;7. Gracia Leydon-Mahoney, Unattached, 610.15;8. Allison Brennan, South Carolina Divers, 606.95;9. Meili Carpenter, Wings Diving, 605.70;10. Bianca Alvarez, Ohio State University, 605.65;11. Laura Ryan, Indiana University, 600.75;12. Courtney Forcucci, Univ South Carolina, 591.15;13. Amanda Burke, Unattached, 587.65;14. Kathryn Connolly, San Antonio Divers, 585.70;15. Sarah Bacon, Unattached, 577.15;16. Kelly Hendricks, Unattached, 566.25;17. Victoria Ishimatsu, University of Southern California, 553.50;18. Loren Figueroa, Unattached, 544.90

Cut after quarterfinals
19. Maren Taylor, Unattached, 273.70;20. Shannon Lumbra, GC Diving, 270.65;21. Kaylea Arnett, Woodlands Diving Academy, 270.35;22. Sydney Couch, Unattached, 269.80;23. Emma Ivory-Ganja, Woodlands Diving Academy, 267.60;24. Taylor Ford, Legacy Diving, 254.10;25. Katherine Adham, Florida State University Diving Team, 251.65;26. Callan Buck, Unattached, 247.20;27. Brittany Wang, GC Diving, 238.50;28. Kaitlan Walker, Unattached, 236.90;29. Jennifer Chiang, University of Notre Dame, 232.30;30. Jordan Jackson, Michigan State University-Spartan Diving, 231.65;31. Olivia Ball, Ohio State Diving Club, 212.50;32. Alyson Ramsey, Unattached, 186.10

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