DIVING: Johnston and Yarrison take third at Spring Swallows Grand Prix in Moscow

April 11, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
MOSCOW-Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio) and Mary Yarrison (Springfield, Va.) took third in women's synchronized 3-meter Friday at the FINA Grand Prix Spring Swallows meet. The 2006 U.S. national champions scored 296.70 points in their international debut, finishing behind China's Dong Jun and Lin Na (310.20) and Germany's Katja Dieckow and Nora Subschinski (303.00). In individual events, two-time Olympian Mark Ruiz (Orlando, Fla.) and first-time national team member Bianca Alvarez (Miami, Fla.) each placed eighth in 3-meter competition. On Thursday, Ruiz was fourth in the preliminaries but missed a spot in Saturday's finals by just half a point when he finished fourth with 398.55 points in semifinal A. Only three divers from each semifinal advance. Russia's Alexander Dobroskok led the field of divers advancing with 453.25 points in semifinal B. Alvarez was 10th in the preliminaries and scored 265.70 points in semifinal B (fifth) to finish eighth in the final standings on Friday. Johnston also competed in the women's 3-meter event and finished 11th with 226.65 points. Ruiz, a 2000 and 2004 Olympian who recently returned to the sport to try to make a third Olympic team, will next compete at the Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships from April 16-20 in Minneapolis, where he will attempt to qualify for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Diving. Johnston and Yarrison also will try to qualify for the Trials at nationals. Alvarez has already qualified for the Trials and will not compete in Minneapolis. - 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.