February 24, 2009
USA closes out World Cup with two bronze medals, ensures maximum participation for Olympic Games
– The United States closed out the Good Luck Beijing/FINA
Diving World Cup with a pair of bronze medals at the “Water
Cubeý on Sunday, assuring the U.S. maximum participation at
the 2008 Olympic Games.
Kelci Bryant (Chatham, Ill.) and Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) won a bronze in synchronized 3-meter, and David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) took the bronze on 10-meter.
Rittenhouse finished with 322.50 points in the
3-meter synchro contest, not only earning the bronze medal but also
landing the U.S. a spot in that event at the Olympics.
They were in fourth place after
three rounds but scored 73.80 points on their front 2 ½ with
one twist in the fourth round to jump into third. They had their
best dive of the night – 74.70 points on their back 2
½ – in the fifth round to maintain their bronze medal
China’s Wu Minxia and Guo
Jingjing won the gold with 362.10 points, and Russia’s Yulia
Pakhalina and Anastasia Pozdnyakova took silver at 329.61.
Upon securing the
3-meter synchro berth, the U.S. has earned its maximum 12 spots for
the Olympic Games. In 2004, the U.S. earned 11 of 12
spots, failing to qualify in women’s 3-meter synchro.
Qualifying spots are earned for the federations, not the divers themselves. The U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving will be held June 18-22 in Indianapolis, followed by a selection camp July 2-6 in Knoxville, Tenn.