Hildebrand and Cardinell Earn Spot on U.S. Olympic Team
June 10, 2004
St. Peter's, Mo.--Cassandra Cardinell and Sara Hildebrand earned spots on the United States Olympic Diving Team on Thursday evening after winning the women's synchronized 10-meter platform event with 634.29 points at the Olympic Trials at the St. Peter's Rec-Plex in St. Peter's, Missouri.
"It feels great but I don't think it has hit me yet," said Cardinell. "I am looking forward to the challenge of the Olympics and to see how I perform in Athens."
The two will travel to Athens, Greece in August to compete on the world stage. It will be the second trip to the Olympics for Hildebrand who competed in the 2000 Olympics in Sydeny. Australia. This will mark the first time Cardinell has competed in the international event.
Indiana head coach Jeff Huber could not be happier with the duo's performance.
"Sara and Cassie were really steady tonight and they deserved to be on the Olympic team. There was a lot of pressure and they came through like champions," said Huber. "This was the first event where we did not bust a dive and at this level, that's what it takes. I thought Cassie had the performance of her life in the prelims yesterday and tonight Sara carried them through the finals. The two really worked as a team and came through tonight."
Tonight's win was a big one for Indiana diving. Now that Hildebrand and Cardinell have qualified in one event, whichever Hoosier places the highest in the 10-meter platform finals on Sunday, will also automatically qualify to compete in that event as well.
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.
The final placement of divers in an individual event will be determined by their final score in that event. The final score for each diver will be determined as follows:
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 Trials continue tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. with the men's three-meter springboard finals. Carlton currently sits in 12th place with 549.54 points after the preliminary and semifinal rounds.
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