FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Duke's Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London after capturing synchronized diving titles Thursday evening at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Diving in Federal Way, Wash. Johnston and Kelci Bryant edged their competition in the women's 3-meter synchronized event by .42 points to secure their spot in London, while McCrory and David Boudia handily won the men's 10-meter synchronized event to also earn an Olympic berth.
Johnston and Bryant - an Olympian in 2008 - held a six-point advantage over Kassidy Cook and Christina Loukas heading into Thursday evening's finals after scoring 637.80 points through the preliminary and semifinal rounds. With a trip to London on the line, Johnston and Bryant opened Thursday's competition with scores of 51.60 and 51.00 on their first two dives. However, Cook and Loukas continued to cut into their lead, narrowing the margin to less than two points after three dives.
With two dives remaining, Johnston and Bryant tallied 67.50 points on their fourth dive, an inward 2 ½ somersault. That pushed their cumulative total to 879.00 heading into the final dive, just 1.32 points ahead of Cook and Loukas. Despite a strong effort from the second-place pair, Johnston and Bryant garnered a score of 77.40 from the judges on a back 2 ½ somersault to edge Cook and Loukas by .42 points at 956.40 and guarantee them a spot on the boards in London.
"I had no idea what the scores were. I knew it was close," Johnston said of the moment right before their final dive. "I can't believe it. I'm in shock. I keep looking at the scoreboard to make sure it's real. This is a dream come true."
On the men's side, McCrory and Boudia brought a 100-point lead into Thursday evening's 10-meter synchro finals, totaling 919.86 points through their first two lists of dives. After successfully hitting their early 2.0 degree of difficulty dives, McCrory and Boudia continued to strengthen their case for London, receiving three 10s during the final round. The duo earned 92.13 points in the fourth round on a forward 4 ½ tuck, a 3.7 DD, before clinching their trip to the Olympics with an 88.11 score on their fifth dive. McCrory and Boudia, who also competed at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, then closed out the night with a back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists for a 3.8 DD - higher than any of their competitors - to win the event with a cumulative score of 1387.86.
"It feels incredible," McCrory said. "This is what I've worked for my entire life. It was a dream as a kid and now it's real life. I just can't believe it yet."
McCrory will also have a chance to contend for an Olympic berth in the men's 10-meter event Saturday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. ET. McCrory is in second behind synchro partner Boudia heading into the men's 10-meter finals, with the top two finishers set to represent the U.S. in London.
The women's 3-meter synchronized competition at the 2012 Olympic Games will be contested as a straight final with five rounds of dives on Sunday, July 29. Meanwhile, the men's 10-meter synchronized event - also a straight final with six rounds of diving - is slated for Monday, July 30 at the London Aquatics Centre.
Synchronized Women 3m Springboard (Final) 1. Abby JOHNSTON, Duke Aquatics/ Kelci BRYANT, Minnesota Diving Academy, 956.40;2. Kassidy COOK, Woodlands Diving Academy/ Christina LOUKAS, Woodlands Diving Academy, 955.98;3. Summer ALLMAN, Legacy Diving/ Amanda BURKE, Mason Dive Academy, 806.10;4. Deidre FREEMAN, University of Iowa/ Veronica RYDZE, University of Iowa, 794.82;5. Bianca ALVAREZ, Ohio State University/ Carrie DRAGLAND, University of Miami, 774.30;6. Logan KLINE, H2okie Aquatics/ Gabriella AGOSTINO, Indiana University, 742.20;7. Eszter PRYOR, Ohio State Diving Club/ Rachel RUBADUE, Ohio State Diving Club, 740.88;8. Maren TAYLOR, The University of Texas/ Meghan HOUSTON, Longhorn Aquatics, 738.72
Synchronized Men Platform (Final) 1. Nick MCCRORY, Duke Aquatics/ David BOUDIA, Boiler Diving Academy, 1387.86;2. Toby STANLEY, Unattached/ Steele JOHNSON2, Unattached, 1207.08;3. Dashiell ENOS, Unattached/ Steele JOHNSON, Unattached, 1170.12;4. Ryan HAWKINS, H2okie Aquatics/ Logan SHINHOLSER, H2okie Aquatics, 1074.00;5. Mark MURDOCK, Unattached/ Dashiell ENOS2, Unattached, 1039.02;6. Zachary COOPER, Unattached/ Jordan WINDLE, Unattached, 1029.63;7. Christopher LAW, Alamo Area Aquatics Diving/ Samuel SMITH, Tennessee Diving, 938.55;8. Andrew CRAMER, Starz Diving Club/ Nicholas KLEIN, Tomahawk Diving Club, 923.01
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