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USA Diving's Team for Barcelona World Championships Taking Shape

Ipsen, Pickens qualify for second event, five others earn spots on 2013 World Championship team

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif.) and Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa./Tucson, Ariz.) added another event to their World Championships schedules, and five others earned spots to Barcelona as well during a full day of finals Sunday at USA Diving’s World Championship Trials.

Ipsen and Pickens had already qualified on 1-meter earlier in the week. Ipsen won the 3-meter event Sunday, while Pickens paired with Amanda Burke (Southampton, Pa./Fairfax, Va.) to qualify in women’s synchronized 3-meter.

Other qualifiers were Tori Lamp (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.) in women’s 10-meter and David Bonuchi (Columbia, Mo.) and Toby Stanley (Conway, Ark./Bloomington, Ind.) in men’s 10-meter synchro.

Ipsen finished the men’s 3-meter contest with 1372.50 points over three lists. He scored 500.25 points in the finals, earning 94.50 and 93.50 points on his final two dives, a reverse 3 ½ tuck and a reverse 1 ½ with 3 ½ twists, improving on his score from his semifinal list by more than 50 points.

“I knew finals was going to be a good event and in a competition like that, everyone feeds off of each other. Everyone in the competition was diving really well, so it allowed me to step up my game too. I’m really happy with how the final went,” Ipsen said.  “Going to worlds with three years until Rio is going to be an amazing learning experience, and so far the team is incredible. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Miami, Fla.) finished second with 1281.80 points, highlighted by a front 4 ½ tuck that earned 98.80 points in the finals. He was not selected to the team however, as divers were also required to meet minimum scores and degree of difficulty requirements and he came up short of the required score.

Lamp finished with 1041.30 points in the women’s 10-meter final, with Cozad right behind her at 1032.70.  Lamp led by 49.25 points heading into the final and started strong with 84.60 points on her armstand back double somersault with 2 ½ twists, the most difficult dive performed in the contest (3.6 degree of difficulty). She stayed solid throughout the final, although a slight miss for 55.10 points on her back 2 ½ pike in round four, coupled with a career best score from Cozad, narrowed the margin in the final standings.

“It feels amazing to make the team. It’s been my goal all year. I’ve just been trying to work on my consistency to get to this meet, and I hit 14 of out 15 dives. Unfortunately, the 14th one was the one I missed so it kind of stressed me out a little, but I’m really excited,” Lamp said.

Cozad turned in a personal best 390.50 in the finals. She scored no lower than 72 points on any dive and scored more than 80 points on her final two dives, closing out her list with 82.50 points on her back 3 1/2 tuck and 81.60 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck.

“It felt good. I think the most important part was that (coach Jeff) Huber believed in me and that made me believe in myself,” Cozad said. “I knew I was ready. We prepared for this, and I was ready to go. I knew what I had to do to do well here, and I got it done. I knew exactly what I wanted to do.”

Bonuchi and Stanley clinched their trip to Barcelona by scoring 829.23 points on two lists of men’s 10-meter synchro dives, edging out Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind.) and Dashiell Enos (Studio City, Calif.) who took second with 817.83 points.

“Today was definitely exciting. We were battling with Steele and Dashiell, and it was a close competition all the way through. I’m blessed to be paired up with Toby. We dove amazingly and we’re going to do the best we can in Barcelona to show the world what we’ve got,” said Bonuchi.

They were consistent throughout the day, scoring between 78 and 81 points on all four of their optional dives.

“David and I really haven’t been diving together that long, but we’re a good team. We’ve always been really competitive with each other my entire diving career, so we were a good team to pair up together,” Stanley said.

Pickens and Burke totaled 599.55 to qualify as the women’s synchro team. They were just under a point behind the qualifying standard heading into finals, but knew early in the competition it wouldn’t be an issue for them.

“Once we hit our vols today, we knew that everything was going to fall into place. We made up some points on our first few dives, and I knew our optionals were going to be awesome,” Burke said. “I feel like we’re growing together as a team and as individuals. She helps me out with my diving and I help her out with competing, so it’s definitely exciting.”

For Pickens, she’s looking forward to adding another event to her schedule in Barcelona.

“The more the better. I couldn’t be happier,” Pickens said.

The World Championship Trials conclude Monday with finals in men’s synchronized 3-meter, women’s synchronized 10-meter, women’s 3-meter and men’s 10-meter. The World University Games team will also be selected from results at the Trials.

Results – Day Five

Synchronized Women’s 3-meter (Final)
1. Amanda Burke, Mason Dive Academy / Samantha Pickens, Tucson Diving Team, 599.55;2. Meghan Houston, The University of Texas / Laura Ryan, Unattached, 577.20;3.Kaylea Arnett, H2okie Aquatics / Deidre Freeman, Unattached, 569.91;

Synchronized Men’s Platform (Final)
1.David Bonuchi, Mizzou Diving / Toby Stanley, Unattached, 829;23;2.Steele Johnson, Boiler Diving Academy / Dashiell Enos, Unattached, 817.83;3. Zachary Cooper, Unattached / Jordan Windle, Unattached, 747.12; 4.Conor Murphy, Unattached / Casey Johnson, Indiana University, 730.23; 5. Sean Mokhtari, Purdue University / Nathan Cox, Purdue University, 625.50;

Men’s 3-meter Springboard (Final)
1. Kristian Ipsen, Stanford Diving, 1372.50;2. Samuel Dorman, Miami Diving, 1281.80;3. Harrison Jones, Unattached, 1255.50 4.Michael Hixon, Unattached, 1240.45.5.Aaron Fleshner, Alabama Diving, 1189.60;6. Zachary Nees, Unattached, 1178.85;7. Darian Schmidt, Unattached, 1111.85;8.Greg Ferrucci, Kentucky Diving Club, 1094.70; 9.Ryan Hawkins, H2okie Aquatics, 1086.65;10.Jakob (jb) Kolod, Pitt Aquatic Club, 1074.50;11.Mark Anderson, Mission Viejo, 1044.95;12. Troy Dumais, Longhorn Aquatics, 862.95;

Women’s Platform (Final)
1. Victoria Lamp, Tennessee Diving, 1041./30;2. Amy Cozad, Unattached, 1032.70;3. Samantha Bromberg, Ohio State Diving Club, 973.30;4. Gracia Leydon-Mahoney, Unattached, 966.90;5. Katrina Young, Tomahawk Diving Club, 899.55;6. Emma Villarreal, Longhorn Aquatics, 849.45;7. Kara Mccormack, Unattached, 781.80;8. Cassie Weil, Unattached,775.05;9. Wallace Layland, YCF Diving Team, 759.70;10. Annika Lenz, SoCal Divers, 742.85;11.Kelli Stockton, H2okie Aquatics, 729.10;12. Lacey Houser, Unattached, 686.40.