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Mackenzie Willborn and Abby Johnston
Johnston, Willborn Set for US Olympic Diving Trials
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/20/2016
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke graduate Abby Johnston and current Blue Devil Mackenzie Willborn begin competition at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials Tuesday in Indianapolis. Both will look to earn a trip to Rio in the women’s 3-meter springboard event.

Qualification Process
The trials competition features cumulative scores through three lists of dives – preliminaries, semifinals and finals. The top finisher in the women’s 3-meter event will be named to the U.S. Olympic Team.

Women’s 3M Schedule
Preliminaries – Tuesday, June 21, 10 a.m.
Semifinals – Tuesday, June 21, 7 p.m.
Finals – Sunday, June 26, 4:50 p.m.

Where to Watch
NBC and NBC Sports are televising the semifinals and finals of each event. The women’s 3-meter semifinals will air live on NBC Sports Network Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m., as will the finals Sunday, June 26 at 4:30 p.m. on NBC.

For a complete broadcast schedule, click here.

Johnston Sets Sights on Second Olympic Berth
After capturing a silver medal in women’s synchronized 3-meter diving at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Johnston returns to the U.S. Olympic Trials this week to compete as an individual.

Johnston made history along with fellow American Kelci Bryant at the 2012 Games, claiming the United States’ first Olympic medal ever in a synchronized diving event. The duo also ended a 12-year medal drought for the Americans in all diving events. Johnston was joined in London by Duke teammate Nick McCrory, who won bronze in the men’s synchronized platform diving competition later that day.

Johnston and Bryant wrapped up their Olympic berth in dramatic fashion, edging their competition at the 2012 edition of the U.S. Olympic Trials by .42 points.

An ACC and NCAA champion on the 3-meter board during her collegiate career, Johnston, a 2013 Duke graduate, has balanced her Olympic preparations this time around with medical school at Duke.

“I’m excited to compete and chase the Olympic dream again,” Johnston said. “I know I have the experience that I can draw from, but I wouldn’t be doing this if I felt like I was satisfied with my career. I still feel like there’s more to be had and more that I can do.”

Johnston Raleigh News & Observer Feature


Willborn Ready for 3-Meter Competition
Willborn, a rising sophomore at Duke under the tutelage of head diving coach Nunzio Esposto, will also head to Indianapolis for the women’s 3-meter competition.

The Flower Mound, Texas, native is coming off of an impressive rookie campaign that saw her pace the Blue Devil divers on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Willborn turned in the third-highest mark in program history on the 3-meter with an award of 356.70 in her collegiate debut against Pitt. She went on to finish 10th in the same event at the ACC Championship and 13th on both the 1-meter and platform. Willborn advanced to the finals of all three events at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships.

Earlier this season, Willborn captured a silver medal for the U.S. in synchronized 3-meter diving at the Junior Pan American Championships. 

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