Hildebrand and Cardinell in First Place After Prelims
June 9, 2004
St. Peters, Mo.-- Former Indiana diving standout and 2000 Olympian Sara Hildebrand and current Hoosier Cassandra Cardinell are in first place after the prelims of the women's synchronized platform event at the U.S Olympic Diving Trials at the St. Peter's Rec-Plex in St. Peters, Mo.
The duo stands in first place with 326.79 points going into tomorrow night's finals. If they win the event, the two will earn a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team and earn a trip to Athens, Greece to compete on the world stage in August.
"We were very pleased with the performances tonight," said Indiana diving coach Jeff Huber. "Sara and Cassie came through with some personal best scores tonight. Marc Carlton and Brian Mariano also had strong performances in the finals. We have been a little flat this week and everybody really came through and competed well tonight."
Former Hoosier Kimiko Soldati and teammate, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Wilkinson will be Hildebrand and Cardinell's toughest competition as they sit in second place with 304.02 points.
In the men's competition, the duo of Carlton and Marino came on strong in the finals of the three-meter synchro event but finished in fourth place with 576.48 points. The team of Ryan Fagan and Brian Metzler took 8th place with 473.67 points.
Twins Justin and Troy Dumais of the Centralized Training Center secured a spot on the U.S. Olympic team by capturing first place in the finals with 684.33 points.
The U.S. Olympic Trials feature 44 men and 39 women competing for 11 possible spots on the Team. The final team size may be less than 11 if one or more divers qualify in multiple events.
Below is a breakdown of how a diver can earn a spot on the 2004 Olympic diving team.
TEAM SELECTION PROCESS:
1. One hundred percent (100%) of their score from the preliminaries. 2. One hundred percent (100%) of their score from the finals.
1. Scores from all three sessions (preliminary, semifinal, final) in each individual event will be carried over and added together for a final, cumulative score. Based on the final scores as determined above, the selection process for individual events will be as follows:
Men's 3-meter Springboard, Men's Platform and Women's Platform
1. The winner of an individual event will be nominated to the U.S. Olympic Team. 2. Second place in an individual event at the Trials will be nominated if he/she is also a nominee for the synchronized event at that height. 3. Second place in an individual event at the Trials will be nominated if the winner of that individual event is a nominee for the synchronized event at that height. 4. The highest placing synchronized nominee in an individual event will be nominated if the second place diver is not nominated per 2 and 3 above.
Women's 3-meter Springboard
1. The winner of an individual event at the Trials will be nominated. 2. Second place in an individual event at the Trials will be nominated.
The U.S. Olympic Trials continue tomorrow afternoon at 12:00 p.m. with the preliminary round of the men's synchro platform event. The evening session will begin at 7:00 p.m. and features the men's and women's platform synchro finals.
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