Krug makes a splash in return to diving competition

Watson, a Stanford sophomore, falls in U.S. women's golf amateur championships

Stanford grad Cassidy Krug, once out of competitive diving, won a pair of titles at the AT&T National Diving Championships, an accomplishment she hopes leads to a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

Krug won the three-meter championship on Saturday at the Student Recreation Center on the campus of Texas A&M. It was her second individual national title, and the first since 2007. She also won her third three-meter synchronized diving title with first-time partner Kassidy Cook, who was fifth in the 3-meter event.

"I didn't even compete in this meet last year. When I came back, I just wanted to have fun, but now I have my sights set on 2012," said Krug, who stopped diving following the 2008 Olympic Trials and returned in late 2009. "It's two years out, and this is a good measuring stick. London is my goal."

Krug entered the three-meter competition with the top score following the semifinals, and did not disappoint, firing off a 78.00 on a back 2 1/2 somersault pike, followed by 82.50 points on a reverse 2 1/2 somersault pike. She finished off her event with 81.00 points on a forward 2 1/2 somersault one twist pike. Amongst the seven judges on each of her final three dives, she never scored lower than an 8.5.

In the synchronized event, the duo had 321.60 points, saving the best for last with a back 2 1/2 somersault pike for 73.80 points paced by nine 8.0's or better amongst the 11 judges. The duo led up to the final dive with a 71.10 and a 72.90, leading from start to finish.

Krug was the NCAA Diver of the Year in 2007, when she won national titles in the one and three-meter events. She is a three-time Pac-10 Champion.

The national championships wrap up on Sunday with fellow grad Dwight Dumais set to compete in the three-meter finals.

Dumais finished sixth in Thursday's semifinals with a score of 389.45. His older Troy Dumais was second with a 471.80.

Meanwhile, Olympian David Boudia became the first American diver to score more than 600 points in the six-dive format, bettering his own mark of 551.20. Harrison Jones was a distant second with a score of 481.30.

Boudia scored at least one 10 on each of his six dives, earning 19 perfect marks in all. He scored more than 100 points on three of his dives, with 106.20 points on his back 2 1/2 with 2 1/2 twists, 108 points on his back 3 1/2 pike and 111 points on his final dive, a front 4 1/2 tuck.

"I hit all six dives. I couldn't be happier. This is the breaking moment in my career. This is even better than the Olympics," said Boudia, a 12-time national champion. "I knew when I went up to the platform before my final dive that I was close to 600, but I had to shake it out of my head and stop thinking about it. After it was over, I knew it was a good dive. When I saw the scores, I was in shock."

Women's golf

Stanford sophomore Sally Watson dropped a 7 & 6 decision to Columbia's Juliana Murcia Ortiz in the second round of the U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Championships Thursday in Charlotte.

Ortiz took advantage of four straight bogies by Watson to go 4-up on the match after five holes.

Ortiz extended her lead to 6-up by winning holes No. 7 and 8. Watson won the par-4 10th hole with a birdie, only to see Ortiz win holes No. 11 and 12 to close out the match.

Women's volleyball

Stanford was picked to win its fifth consecutive Pac-10 championship by a vote of Pac-10 coaches.

The Cardinal returns six starters, including three All-Americans, from last year's team that went 23-8 and advanced to the Stanford Regional semifinal.

USC, Washington, Arizona and California fill out the top five. Oregon, UCLA, Arizona State, Washington State and Oregon State follow.

Women's lacrosse

Stanford was one of three schools named an academic Merit Squad by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Of the three schools -- Hofstra, Stanford and Duke -- the Cardinal was the lone participant in the NCAA Tournament.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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