Incoming Stanford freshman Kristian Ipsen narrowly missed out on a medal when he and diving partner Troy Dumais finished fourth in the men's 3-meter synchronized event at the FINA World Championships on Tuesday in Shanghai, China.
Ipsen and Dumais scored 429.06 points, missing out of the medals by less than nine points. Qin Kai and Luo Yutong gave China its sixth gold of the Championships with 463.98 points. Russia's Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov took second at 438.75, and the Mexico team of Yahel Castillo and Julian Sanchez won bronze with 437.61 points.
The Americans were in second place with one round to go. Mexico was less than a point behind and Russia just five points back. The Mexican squad scored 82.62 points on their front 2 ½ with two twists, and Dumais and Ipsen followed up with 73.26 points on their reverse 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists, leaving their medal fate in the hands of the Russians, who were performing a front 4 ½, the most difficult dive attempted by any team in the final. They earned 8s and 9s on the dive, for 100.32 points.
"Finals is always a fight, and I missed my last dive," Dumais said. "I'm sorry I had to bring my teammate down with me, because he did a great job."
The diving events at the World Championships continue through Sunday. Competition in the individual Olympic events begin Wednesday with women's 10-meter preliminaries and semifinals. Ipsen will dive again on the 3-meter springboard, starting with the prelims on Thursday. The finals will be Friday.
Ipsen did receive some good news this week as he was awarded his sixth national title, retroactively to a Harrison Jones suspension from February when Jones tested positive for a banned substance, his second offense. That gave Ipsen the three-meter title at the 2011 Winter National Championships.
Ipsen will be one of six Cardinal-affiliated divers set to compete at the 2011 AT&T U.S. National Championships at UCLA starting on August 9.
Joining Ipsen at nationals in three weeks will be 2011 Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, Stephanie Phipps, and Dhruv Tyagi along with fellow freshman Noah Garcia and graduate Dwight Dumais, all of whom qualified for nationals on Sunday.
Dumais had the highest point total at the Zone C national qualifiers with 56.00 points, after a win in the one-meter (383.35), a second-place showing in the three-meter (396.15). Tyagi was ninth in the Zone A qualifiers with 30.00 points after finishing fifth in the three-meter (358.20) and ninth in the one-meter (291.05). Fellow classmate, Garcia, was 13th at the Zone C's with 29.00 points after being sixth in the three-meter (345.00) and ninth in the one-meter (287.15).
Phipps finished third at the Zone D national qualifiers in the one-meter (241.25) and sixth in the three-meter (240.95). Phipps finished sixth overall in points (35.00).