PHOENIX, Arizona, May 16. FOUR divers qualified last night for the world championship team at the USA Diving nationals, including Olympian and NCAA champion Kristian Ipsen. Ipsen won the 1-meter springboard final with 445.35 points in the final, more than 40 points ahead of Harrison Jones, who will be going to the world championships for the first time. At this meet, the divers are selected for the world team based on combined scores from prelims and finals, and Ipsen and Jones sailed through both rounds in the top two.
On the women's side, Samantha Pickens had a close battle in making her first world championship team in the 1-meter event, posting 537 points to win the event, just four points ahead of Diedre Freeman. Pickens was the NCAA champion in the 1-meter event last March.
With the non-Olympic 1-meter competition done, the focus turned to the men's 3-meter springboard today. The big news out of the men's prelims today was that Troy Dumais, the country's longtime leading diver on 3-meter, just barely qualified for semifinals today after scoring low in prelims this morning on an inward 3-1/2 somersault tuck that was awarded mostly 3s. Dumais finished in 17th place, with the top 18 advancing to finals. Dumais will have some work to do to qualify for his eighth world championships in the event. Samuel Dorman currently sits second and could be a first-time world championships attendee. The women's platform event also wrapped up preliminary competition today, and Victoria Lamp from the University of Tennessee posted the highest score with high school senior Samantha Bromberg standing second.
The USA Swimming open water nationals begins bright and early tomorrow morning on Castaic Lake, just outside of Santa Clarita in southern California, with the 10K swim. World championship spots are on the line in the 10K and 5K races, with Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson among the competitors on the women's side, and 2012 Olympian Alex Meyer looking to make a return trip to worlds. The top two in the 10K automatically qualify for worlds and have the option of swimming the 5K and 25K races in Barcelona as well.
Also taking place this weekend are the final high school swimming championships, including a couple sectional meets in California. With three national high school records broken last weekend, we're not counting out a spectacular finish to this high school swimming year, and we will bring you recaps from all the meets on swimmingworld.com.