Hoosiers Compete at World Cup Trials
January 20, 2004
Women's Synchro Platform Results
Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana men's and women's diving teams competed at the World Cup Trials in Huntersville, N.C., on January 15-18. Four current men's divers, senior Marc Carlton, juniors Brian Metzler and Ryan Fagan and sophomore Brian Mariano all competed, along with female divers, senior Cassandra Cardinell, freshman Lindsay Weigle and former Hoosier All-American Sara Hildebrand.
Hildebrand earned a spot on the U.S. World Cup Diving team. The six-time All-American won the three-meter at the World Cup Trials in Huntersville, N.C., and also took second on the 10-meter platform. She qualified for the World Cup in Athens, Greece on Feb. 18-22.
On Saturday, Jan. 17, Hildebrand made up a nine-point deficit from the quarterfinals and semifinals to claim the three-meter title. She won with a final score of 817.71 over former Hoosier NCAA Champion Kimiko Soldati. Current Hoosier All-American Cassandra Cardinell finished eighth with 702.66 points. She improved from ninth in quarter and semifinals.
On the final day of the World Cup trials, Hildebrand took second in the 10-meter platform. She was third after the quarter and semifinals. The two-time Indiana Female Athlete of the Year finished behind Laura Wilkinson with 806.91 points. The top two spots in each individual event qualifies for the World Cup. A pair of current Hoosiers also finished in the top eight. Cardinell took seventh with 702.54 points, while freshman Lindsay Weigle was eighth at 648.36.
Individually on the men's side, senior Marc Carlton finished in the top eight of the three-meter and 10-meter platform. He was fifth after the quarterfinals and semifinals of the three-meter before finishing seventh with 952.74 points. Carlton also took eighth on the platform.
Former Hoosier divers, Soldati and Erin Quinn also made the World Cup team in the synchronized events. Both former Hoosiers currently dive for Centralized Training Center.
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 led by nearly eight points after the preliminary round. Justin and Troy Dumais of Centralized Training Center were able to overcome 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 the finals. The Hoosier combo totaled 533.76 points behind first place Mark Ruiz and Kyle Prandi of Team Orlando Diving.
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