DIVING: Another 1-2 finish on 10-meter for Boudia and Finchum at national championships; Foster wins 3-meter title

April 20, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
MINNEAPOLIS-For the sixth major national meet in a row, David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) and Thomas Finchum (Indianapolis) finished first and second on 10-meter, and Nancilea Foster (Conroe, Texas) won her second national title on 3-meter Sunday at the Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships. This time, it was Boudia who came out ahead in the 10-meter standings, finishing with 523.85 points. Finchum was second at 496.10. Boudia also won the U.S. Open and the national championship in 2006, and Finchum won once in 2005 and twice in 2007. Each time, whoever did not win finished second."I'm very happy we did it again and can continue to carry that momentum,"Boudia said."We train together and it's so awesome to compete with someone like Thomas."Finchum led after the first round, but Boudia took the lead after the second round upon scoring as high as 9.5 on his inward three and a half. He scored as high as 9.5 on two other dives as well. Nick McCrory (Chapel Hill, N.C.) finished third with 484.00 points, highlighted by a 10 and four 9.5s on his inward three and half. Drew Livingston (The Woodlands, Texas) scored 468.20 points for fourth. While Boudia and Finchum have dominated the men's 10-meter event the past few years, women's 3-meter has been another story. A different winner had emerged at the past four national championships, but Foster ended that streak Sunday. She scored 345.15 points for her second title, having also won the 2007 spring national title. For awhile, it appeared there might be another new winner, as Christina Loukas (Riverwoods, Ill.), who led the U.S. with a fourth-place finish at the 2008 World Cup but has not won a 3-meter national title, had a 4.85-point lead heading into the last round. However, Loukas decided to try a difficult new dive-a reverse two and a half somersault with one and a half twists (3.3 degree of difficulty)-for her final dive and earned scores between 4.5 and 6.5 to open the door. Foster scored as high as 9.0 on her final dive, a reverse two and a half, to secure the victory."There are a lot of great divers on this event. It's one of the U.S.'s deepest events, and I knew I had to nail my last dive to win,"Foster said. Loukas finished second for the second time, this time with 332.90 points, while Allison Brennan (Huntington Beach, Calif.), the 2006 champion, was third at 327.45 points. Chelsea Davis (Columbus, Ohio) scored 310.80 points for fourth. The top eight divers on each event qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Diving, set for June 18-22 in Indianapolis. - 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 additional information please call Jennifer Lowery at (317) 237-5252 or visit www.usadiving.org.