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USA closes out World Cup with two bronze medals, ensures maximum participation

USA closes out World Cup with two bronze medals, ensures maximum participation for Olympic Games


BEIJING – 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.

Bryant and 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 position.

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.