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Johnston Takes Gold in Synchro Finals
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/09/2011
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Duke's Abby Johnston and synchronized diving partner Christina Loukas took gold in the women's three-meter synchronized diving competition at the AT&T Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sunday.

Pairing for the first time, Johnston and Loukas took the top spot in the event, with a score of 293.40. In the five dive final round, the twosome were the only to collect over 65 points on two different dives.

"It was a great weekend for Abby," said diving coach Drew Johansen. "Obviously winning her first gold medal in international competition was the highlight. She had a really great day. She won the gold because she was so fit. She was able to endure the competition and overcome fatigue from a very long season."

In the platform event, sophomore Nick McCrory and synchronized partner David Boudia took third in the men's platform synchronized event. The two rounded out their bronze performance with a score of 438.51. In his individual event, McCrory took fifth in the platform final (512.80), narrowly being ended out of the medal positions by a mere three points.

"For Nick, he's been continuing to establish himself amongst an absolute elite class of divers. All six divers in the platform individual finals scored over 500 points. In the last Olympic Games only five divers scored over 500 points in the finals, and that was the Olympics. He was only a couple of points away from medaling in the individual competition, and obviously did a great job, grabbing bronze with David Boudia in the synchronized event."

Taking no break from their international route, Johnston and McCrory head to Tallahassee, Fla., to compete in the World Championship Trials, May 12-15.

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