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Olympic Diving Preview

Women’s 3-meter

Sara Hildebrand, formerly Reiling, is a 2000 Olympian on platform. In 2003, she was first on the board at the Speedo National Diving Championships and Speedo FINA Diving Grand Prix and sixth at the World Championships.

Rachelle Kunkel was the national champion on the board at the 2001 Indoor Nationals and also placed first at the 2003 World Championship Trials and 2004 Speedo American Cup.

Kimiko Hirai Soldati spent much of 2003 sidelined while recovering from shoulder surgery. In 2002, she was the national champion on 3-meter and she won the bronze medal at the 2001 Goodwill Games.

Women’s Platform

Laura Wilkinson, 2000 Olympic platform gold medalist, was first on platform at the Speedo National Diving Championships, second at the Speedo FINA Diving Grand Prix and Canada Cup, and eighth at the World Championships.

Sara Hildebrand placed 13 th at the 2000 Games. In 2003, she won the event at the Speedo American Cup; placed second at the Speedo National Diving Championships, Torneo Internacional de Clavados and Italian Grand Prix; was fourth at the Speedo FINA Diving Grand Prix; and finished 19 th at the World Championships. Hildebrand is the only woman in the world to perform a 6245C – an armstand back, two somersaults, 2 ½ twists tuck with a 3.6 degree of difficulty on a 4.0 scale.

The third spot is up for grabs – Brittany Viola or Erin (Sones) Borchard. Viola is the daughter of 1987 World Series MVP Frank Viola.

Men’s 3-meter

Troy Dumais, a 2000 Olympian on 3-meter and synchro 3-meter, was solid at the 2000 Olympic Games placing sixth on individual 3-meter and fourth on synchro 3-meter. In 2003, Dumais placed first at the Speedo National Diving Championships and Canada Cup, third at the Grand Prix Super Final, fourth at the Speedo FINA Diving Grand Prix and fifth at the World Championships.

Phil Jones won the 3-meter at the Speedo American Cup and placed 11 th at the World Championships. Also is contention is Justin Wilcock.

Men’s Platform

Mark Ruiz, a 2000 Olympian on 3-meter, platform and synchro platform, was sixth on individual platform and seventh on synchro platform at the 2000 Games. In 2003, he won the event at the Speedo National Diving Championships and placed 16 th and 19 th , respectively, at the Speedo FINA Diving Grand Prix and World Championships.

Caesar Garcia was the 2003 NCAA Division I co-platform champion. He also placed third at the Speedo National Diving Championships and sixth at the Speedo FINA Diving Grand Prix. Other divers to watch are Kyle Prandi and 14-year-old Thomas Finchum.

Women’s Synchronized Platform

Sara Hildebrand and Cassandra Cardinell, the 2003 national champions, were second at the Grand Prix Super Final and third in exhibition at the Speedo FINA Diving Grand Prix. Another dynamic duo is Laura Wilkinson and Kimiko Hirai Soldati.

Men’s Synchronized 3-meter

Troy Dumais and Justin Dumais, who won their third straight national title in 2003, were second at the Speedo FINA Diving Grand Prix, third at the Canada Cup and Grand Prix Super Final, and fifth at the World Championships. Men’s Synchronized Platform Troy Dumais and Justin Dumais were third at the Speedo FINA Diving Grand Prix, China Open, Canada Cup and Speedo National Diving Championships; fifth at the Grand Prix Super Final; and seventh at the World Championships.

Prior to 2003, they won three consecutive national titles. Caesar Garcia and Matt Bricker dethroned the Dumais brothers in 2003 and also competed internationally. Mark Ruiz and Kyle Prandi were second at the Speedo National Diving Championships.

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