Yarrison advances to U.S. Open three-meter diving semifinals
INDIANAPOLIS -- University of Texas junior Mary Yarrison continued her strong showing at the 2006 Speedo U.S. Open Diving Championships on Friday, standing in fourth place following the 3-meter preliminary round. Yarrison, of Springfield, Va., now advances to the U.S. Open 3-meter semifinal round which takes place on Sunday morning, April 23, with the finals to follow later on Sunday.
The U.S. Open, an elite level diving competition that features approximately 100 of the best divers in the USA and the world, is a four-day event (Thursday through Sunday, April 20-23) taking place at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.
The top diver to advance out of the 3-meter preliminaries was 17-year old Kelsi Bryant of Chatham, Ill., who scored 300.35 points for her prelim dives. Allison Brennan, out of Columbia, S.C., was in second (270.20), followed by Indiana University diver Christina Loukas (270.00) and Yarrison (266.85).
Yarrison's 3-meter board quarterfinal performance followed her fourth-place finish Thursday night in the 1-meter event finals. Yarrison finished just out of medal contention in the event won by Bryant, the 2005 U.S. national champion and two-time 1-meter junior national champion (271.00 points) as she claimed her first U.S. Open title. Bryant finishing ahead of silver medalist Loukas with 267.25 points and bronze medalist QiongJie Huang from the University of Hawaii (266.60 points).
On Saturday, the U.S. Open features the women's 10-meter and 10 meter synchronized diving finals, along with men's competition in the 3-meter and 3-meter synchro events. On Sunday, the meet concludes with the women's 3-meter semifinals (10-11 a.m., Central), followed by the men's 10-meter finals (11:30-12:10 p.m.), the women's 3-meter finals (12:40-1:10) and both synchro diving finals.