Stanford's Ipsen in top of diving prelims at Rio Olympics


Stanford grad Kristian Ipsen placed third in the preliminaries of the men's 3-meter springboard Monday at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center in Rio.

Ipsen, along with 17 other divers, advance to Tuesday’s semifinals.

Mariya Korolova

Kristian Ipsen
China's Yuan Cao recorded a preliminary-best score of 498.70, followed by Mexico's Rommel Pacheco, who finished second with 488.25 points, and Ipsen, with 461.35 points.

Ipsen, who won bronze in the synchronized 3-meter four years ago in London with Troy Dumais, turned in a consistent effort, scoring 71.75 or better, including a high as 84.00 on his final dive, a reverse 1.5 free with 3.5 twists.

Synchronized swimming

Team USA’s Anita Alvarez and Mariya Koroleva put together another strong performance Monday, finishing eighth in the tech preliminary to advance to the duet final at the Rio Olympic Games.

Alvarez and Koroleva finished ninth overall after prelims to move into Tuesday’s free final. The pair scored 86.4612 points in the tech prelim, swimming to a “Modern Violin” theme featuring music by David Garrett. They had 34.2612 points on elements, 26.0000 on impression and 26.2000 on execution.

“We’re pretty happy with our score,” Koroleva said. “I think the swim for us felt pretty energetic, and I thought we were really together. When we came out our coaches were really happy.”

Russia’s Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashinawere first in the tech prelim with 96.4577 points, followed by China’s Xuechen Huang and Wenyan Sun(95.3688) and Ukraine’s Lolita Ananasova and Anna Voloshyna(93.1358).

A day earlier, Alvarez and Koroleva had finished ninth in the free prelim with 86.4333 points. Combined with Monday’s tech score, they qualified for the final in ninth place at 172.8945.


Stanford's Helena Scutt and Paris Henken are ninth overall following women's 49er:FX action Monday. The medal race is Thursday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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