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U.S. women get second Olympic berth for 3-meter diver

 

USA Diving has received notification from FINA that it has been awarded a second women's 3-meter spot for the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

That makes life for Stanford's Kassidy Cook only slightly easier.


Notification of the second spot comes in the middle of the U.S. Olympic Diving trials in Indianapolis. With the addition of the second quota spot, two women's 3-meter divers will be named to the U.S. Olympic Team.

Cook, who was seventh at the FINA World Cup in February to secure the first quota spot for the U.S., heads into Sunday's finals in first place with 660.85 points. Abby Johnston sits in second place at 626.55 and holds a 14.95-point lead over Laura Ryan.

The U.S. initially had qualified one spot for women's 3-meter and received the second spot when FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports, reallocated unused quota spots.

Unused quota spots were reallocated in order of finish at the FINA World Cup, where the top 18 divers earned spots for their countries.

Johnston finished 20th on 3-meter at the World Cup, which put the U.S. second in line to receive a women's 3-meter spot during reallocation.

A maximum of 136 divers, and no more than 34 on each individual event, may participate in the Olympic Games.

Six divers have already been selected to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. David Boudia qualified for this third Olympics after winning men's synchronized 10-meter with Steele Johnson at the trials Thursday night.

On Wednesday, Sam Dorman and Michael Hixon qualified in men's synchronized 3-meter as did Amy Cozad and Jessica Parratto in women's 3-meter.

— USA diving

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