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Diving partners also claim individual spots at Olympic trials
David Boudia and Nick McCrory, who qualified as a tandem in platform synchro competition, also earned individual spots on the U.S. team.
Special to The Seattle Times
FEDERAL WAY — Divers David Boudia and Nick McCrory are headed to the London Olympic Games as partners and as individual competitors.
Boudia and McCrory, who on Thursday qualified as a tandem in platform synchro competition at the Olympic trials, also earned individual spots on the U.S. team Saturday by finishing one-two in the men's individual platform finals at the King County Aquatic Center.
Cassidy Krug and Christina Loukas claimed the top two spots in women's 3-meter springboard.
The weeklong trials conclude Sunday at noon with finals in men's 3-meter springboard and women's platform.
Boudia, who placed 10th in men's platform at the 2008 Olympics, maintained the substantial lead he carried into Saturday's finals and won with 1,642.2 points. McCrory was next at 1,582.55.
"Nick and I definitely feed off each other in competition," said Boudia, 23. "When it comes to synchronized (diving), we're teammates, totally supportive. Going into London, we're Team USA."
McCrory, 20, made his first Olympic team.
"It's really friendly competition," he said about Boudia. "I'm happy for him when he's diving well and he's on fire."
In the six-round men's competition, McCrory twice earned 10.0s from the seven judges. He got a single 10 on a reverse 3 ½ somersault tuck in the fourth round, and five 10s on his fifth dive, a back 3 ½ somersault tuck that barely rippled the water after his 10-meter (33-foot) drop.
"This is a dive I've been doing for a long time," said McCrory, who took a year off from attending Duke University to train for the Olympics. "I love that dive. I've done it for 10s before, so I wanted to do something exciting today for finals."
Boudia posted a single 10 and five 9.5s on his dive immediately after McCrory's showstopper, executing a more difficult 3 ½ somersault pike.
"Once Nick started diving and hitting his dives, it raised my level of competition," said Boudia, from Purdue. "That's exactly what we want to see when we go into London."
In women's 3-meter springboard, Krug posted the top score on four of five dives and won with 1,094.85 points. Loukas survived a poor second dive (earning seven meager 5.5 scores) to place second with 1,017.85. Kelci Bryant, who earned an Olympic berth Thursday in 3-meter springboard synchro, finished third (967.05).
"I'm happy," said Loukas, 26, who placed ninth in this event at the 2008 Games, "and relieved."
Krug, a Stanford grad, was thrilled to make her first team.
"I think I've wanted to go to the Olympics since I was like 3," she said. "It's not even real right now, I'm so excited."