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Indiana pair leads in men's synchro diving trials | NW Briefs
By The Associated Press and sports-information Reports
FEDERAL WAY — Nick McCrory and David Boudia dominated the early rounds in 10-meter synchro at the U.S. Olympic diving trials on Sunday night, advancing to the men's final with a 114.84-point lead.
The duo from West Lafayette, Ind., led every round of the preliminaries and semifinals while totaling 919.86 points on opening night of the eight-day trials at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
McCrory is seeking his first Olympic berth, while Boudia is going for his second.
"We're using it as a practice meet," Boudia said. "Everything is a step toward London. It's not going to be an easy fight."
McCrory and Boudia first partnered last year and finished fifth on platform synchro at the world championships in Shanghai, where Boudia won a silver in 10-meter individual — the only medal U.S. divers won in China.
"It's comforting knowing it's something he's been through before and knows what to expect," McCrory said.
Toby Stanley and Steele Johnson were second at 805.02. Scores carry over to Thursday's final. Johnson was also third with a different partner, Dashiell Enos, at 782.16.
Johnson was cheered on by at least 12 family members, some of whom live in the Seattle area. He dove third with Enos, then came back and dove in the next-to-last spot with Stanley. Enos also teamed with a different partner, Mark Murdock, and they were in fourth place.
"It's more opportunity to make the team," Johnson said. "It's a lot of fun. It is unusual. It can make your body tired."
Johnson said he makes only one adjustment — moving his arms a bit later — when diving with each of his partners. He admits he would feel "a little bit" guilty if he made the Olympic team with one of them and not the other.
All eight teams advanced to the final, but only the top team will earn an Olympic berth.
In women's 3-meter synchro, Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant of the Minnesota Diving Academy held a small lead over Kassidy Cook and Christina Loukas, 637.8 to 631.29.
"Both of us definitely have the experience, and we definitely know how to handle the pressure," Loukas said.
The other six teams that advanced to Thursday's final were well behind. Deidre Freeman and Veronica Rydze were third at 531.90, followed by Carrie Dragland and Bianca Alvarez, Amanda Burke and Summer Allman, Gabriella Agostino and Logan Kline, Eszter Pryor and Rachel Rubadue, and Maren Taylor and Meghan Houston.
The top two teams are the most experienced in the women's event. Johnston, Bryant and Cook competed at last year's world championships in Shanghai, while Bryant and Loukas are seeking their second consecutive Olympic berths.
The top eight teams advanced to the final.
Midfielder Veronica Perez scored a hat trick and goalkeepers Katie Hultin and Megan Kufeld combined for a shutout as the Sounders Women beat the Los Angeles Strikers 4-0 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila. Kate Deines also scored on a header after a corner kick.
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