Hoosiers Fall Just Short at World Cup Trials
January 16, 2004
Huntersville, N.C. - A pair of Hoosier teams narrowly missed qualifying for the World Cup Diving team. In order to make the team in the synchro events, a pair of divers must win the competition. Former Hoosiers All-American Sara Hildebrand and current Hoosier All-American Cassandra Cardinell missed out by placing second on the synchro platform, while sophomore Brian Mariano and senior Marc Carlton narrowly missed taking second in the synchro three-meter event.
Hildebrand and Cardinell finished in the top three of synchro three-meter and synchro platform events. The duo nearly earned a spot on the World Cup team in the synchro platform. Hildebrand and Cardinell led by .19 points after the preliminary round. Laura Wilkinson and Kimiko Soldati of Centralized Training Center overtook the Hoosier duo in the finals winning with a score of 598.26. Hildebrand and Cardinell finished with 575.22.
In the synchro three-meter, the duo took third after finishing the preliminary round in second. Heading into the finals, Hildebrand and Cardinell were seven points back of first place before finishing with a total of 536.04. Soldati and Erin Quinn of Centralized Training Center earned the birth on the World Cup team placing first. Quinn and Soldati are both former All-Americans at Indiana.
Mariano and Carlton narrowly missed making the World Cup team placing second in the three-meter. The Hoosier tandem lead by nearly eight points after the preliminary round. Justin and Troy Dumais of Centralized Training Center were able to over come the margin and win with a total of 589.14. Carlton and Mariano finished just over seven points back at 581.79. Juniors Brian Metzler and Ryan Fagan also competed in the event placing seventh in the synchro three-meter. The duo finished with a score of 439.26.
Mariano and Carlton started the World Cup Trials placing fourth in the synchro platform. The duo was fourth in prelims and remained there through finals. The Hoosier combo totaled 533.76 points, behind first place Mark Ruiz and Kyle Prandi of Team Orlando Diving.
The World Cup Trials will continue on Saturday and Sunday in Huntersville, N.C. The men's 10-meter platform and women's three-meter springboard will be on Saturday, while the men's three-meter and women's platform will be on Sunday. Carlton will compete in both events for the men, while Hildebrand and Cardinell will compete in both for the women. Current Hoosier freshman Lindsay Weigle will compete in the women's platform.
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