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Published: Thursday, 6/19/2008

Colturi 5th after prelims of U.S. diving trials

FROM BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

INDIANAPOLIS - David Colturi of Sylvania was in fifth place yesterday after the

10-meter platform preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic diving trials.

Colturi, a St. John's Jesuit graduate who attends Purdue, had 412.80 points.

The leader is David Boudia of Noblesville, Ind., with 572.65.

Boudia led all the way and his friend and synchronized partner, Thomas Finchum of Indianapolis (523.95) second, followed by, Drew Livingston of The Woodlands, Texas (466.55) and JJ Kinzbach of Montgomery, Texas (428.40).

"It's a good cushion," Boudia said. "I feel Thomas beat me and I know he did. But it's awesome to have a cushion."

A veteran and the youngster were 1-2 after the women's 10-meter preliminaries.

Laura Wilkinson, the 2000 Olympic platform champion seeking a third Olympic berth at age 30, totaled 362.00 points after the five-dive opening round.

Haley Ishimatsu, a 15-year-old from Seal Beach, Calif., had 360.70 points.

"She gets better every single year," Ishimatsu said. "I just have to keep chasing her and see if I can pass her up."

All of the women and men advanced to the semifinal rounds and their scores will carry over at the Indiana University Natatorium. Only the winner of each final is guaranteed an Olympic berth. The second spots will be decided July 7 after a selection camp in Knoxville, Tenn.

Wilkinson was never worse than third in the standings before rallying to take the lead on her final dive, a back 2 1/2 somersault with 1 1/2 twist. She had an up-and-down performance, overrotating on her first two dives and creating big splashes. But Wilkinson showed her trademark resolve on her third dive, which earned an 8.5 and five 8.0s.

"My first dive is usually a good one for me. I had a little nerves and didn't read it right," she said. "That made me nervous for my second dive, which is usually kind of a harder dive for me. By the third round I was like, 'OK, I'm ready to compete now.'•"



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