DIVING - Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships set for April 16-20 in Minneapolis

April 08, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
WHAT: With the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games just four months away, USA's best divers will compete for 10 national championships at the Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships from April 16-20 in Minneapolis (University Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus - 1910 University Ave., SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Phone: 612-624-7050.). Titles will be awarded in 1-meter and 3-meter springboard, 10-meter platform, synchronized 3-meter and synchronized 10-meter. Divers may automatically qualify into the semifinals based on finishes at past events; those not prequalified will dive in preliminaries on April 13-14 to earn spots in the semifinals, which start April 16. WHAT'S AT STAKE: Divers will compete for 10 national championships, but also for spots at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Diving. The top eight divers on 3-meter and 10-meter will qualify for the Trials, to be held June 18-22 in Indianapolis. The top three synchronized teams will be invited to an Olympic Team selection camp in Knoxville, Tenn. from July 2-6. Teams for the AT,T USA Diving Grand Prix (Fort Lauderdale, May 8-11) and the FINA Canada Cup (May 1-4) also will be selected following nationals. FEATURED DIVERS: Divers expected to compete include 2000 Olympic gold medalist and 2005 world champion Laura Wilkinson (Spring, Texas); 2008 World Cup bronze medalists David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.), Kelci Bryant (Chatham, Ill.) and Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Olympians Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.), Cassandra Cardinell (Loudonville, N.Y.), Mark Ruiz (Orlando, Fla.) and Justin Wilcock (Smithfield, Utah), and 2007 national champions Chris Colwill (Brandon, Fla.), Thomas Finchum (Indianapolis), Haley Ishimatsu (Seal Beach, Calif.), Nancilea Foster (Conroe, Texas) and Jessica Livingston (The Woodlands, Texas). SCHEDULE Sun., April 13/Preliminaries: Noon - men's 1M; 5 p.m.-men's 3M, women's 10M Mon., April 14/Preliminaries: Noon-women's 1M; 5 p.m.-women's 3M, men's 10M Wed., April 16: 11 a.m.-women's 1M semis; 3:45 p.m.-men's 1M semis; 7 p.m.-women's 1M finals, followed by men's 1M finals Thur., April 17: 11 a.m.-women's 10M semis; 1:15 p.m.-women's 10M synchro semis; 3 p.m.-men's 3M semis; 5:15 p.m.-men's 3M synchro semis; 7 p.m.-women's 10M synchro finals, followed by men's 3M synchro finals Fri., April 18: 11 a.m.-men's 10M semis; 1:15 p.m.-men's 10M synchro semis; 3 p.m.-women's 3M semis; 5:15 p.m.-women's 3M synchro semis; 7 p.m. -men's 10M synchro finals, followed by women's 3M synchro finals Sat., April 19: 1 p.m.-men's 3M final, followed by women's 10M final Sun., April 20: 1 p.m.-women's 3M final, followed by men's 10M final TICKETS: For ticket sales and information, call 612-387-7368. Daily pass - $7.50; Two-day preliminary pass (April 13-14) - $10; All-session pass for semifinals and finals (April 16-20)- $30; All-inclusive package (prelims, semis, finals) - $35 MEDIA: For credentials, interview requests or other information, please contact Jennifer Lowery, USA Diving Communications Coordinator, at (317) 237-5252 or Jennifer.Lowery@usadiving.org. - USA Diving - Featuring America's best divers, USA Diving is the national governing body for the sport of diving. Headquartered in Indianapolis, USA Diving offers diversified programs geared toward the broadest number of diving enthusiasts, from the novice to the world champion. USA Diving conducts approximately 40 regional and national events annually and is responsible for training and selecting teams that represent the United States at international events such as the Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup. For more information, visit www.usadiving.org.