Troy Dumais adds 3-meter springboard to Olympic events
June 24, 2012
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Troy Dumais had already qualified for his first Olympics and on Sunday he was able to finish second in the 3-meter springboard to add a second event to his list.
The 3-meter springboard was one of the most contested events of the week-long trials. It came down to three divers, Dumais, Christopher Colwill and Kristian Ipsen. After the semifinals, Ipsen held the lead with 993.80 points. Dumais was 39.6 points behind and Colwill was close by, trailing by 42.65 points.
Heading into the last dive of the competition, the three divers were separated by less than three points with Colwill in the lead with 1,357.7, Dumais in second with 1,356.55 and Ipsen in third with 1,355.3.
All three divers put on a show in the final round with their top dives of the evening. Colwill sealed the win when he posted a near perfect score of 99.75 on his reverse 3 1/2 somersault tuck. He was the first of the three to dive in the last round. Dumais followed with a score of 91.8 points on his final attempt, a forward 2 1/2 somersault 2 twist pike, that looked as if he had sealed the second spot. Ipsen attempted a reverse 1 1/2 somersault 3 1/2 twist free and needed a 93.05 to tie Dumais. He had a great dive but came up just short, scoring 91.8 points.
By claiming the No. 2 spot in the event, Dumais advances to the Olympics where he will be competing in the 3-meter for the fourth time. In his previous 3-meter performances in the Olympics, Dumais was sixth in Beijing in 2008, sixth in Athens in 2004 and seventh in Sydney in 2000.
Troy’s brothers, Justin and Dwight, also competed in the 3-meter springboard. Justin, a former UT diver as well, was fifth with 1,233.05 points and Dwight was sixth with 1,212.40 points.
Troy Dumais will dive with Ipsen in the 3-meter synchronized event on August 1. The 3-meter springboard will take place August 6-7.
Texas 2012 London Olympics Diving Qualifiers
Troy Dumais (3m, 3m Synchronized)