DIVING: Six U.S. divers to compete in Tijuana in first leg of FINA World Series on April 25-26

April 23, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
INDIANAPOLIS-Six divers, including three World Cup bronze medalists, will compete in Tijuana, Mexico, on April 25-26 in the first leg of the 2008 FINA Diving World Series. The World Series features stops in Mexico, Great Britain and China from late April to early June; the top eight finishers at February's FINA Diving World Cup were invited to participate. World Cup 10-meter bronze medalist David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) will look for another medal on that event in Mexico, and he'll also seek a medal in synchronized 10-meter with partner Thomas Finchum (Indianapolis). The pair finished sixth at the World Cup and won their fifth national title together at last week's Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships, where Boudia also edged out his teammate to claim the individual title. Also representing the U.S. in Tijuana will be World Cup synchronized 3-meter bronze medalists Kelci Bryant (Chatham, Ill.) and Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.); Bryant was also invited to compete individually on 3-meter after finishing 12th at the World Cup. Haley Ishimatsu (Seal Beach, Calif.) will compete in two events at the World Series after a pair of eighth-place finishes at the World Cup. She will compete individually on 10-meter and join Mary Beth Dunnichay (Elwood, Ind.) for the synchronized 10-meter contest. Schedule of events: April 25: 10 a.m. - Men's 3-meter, women's 10-meter semifinals; 5 p.m. - men's 3-meter, women's 10-meter, men's synchronized 10-meter, women's synchronized 3-meter finals April 26: 10 a.m. - Women's 3-meter, men's 10-meter semifinals; 5 p.m. - women's 3-meter, men's 10-meter, women's synchronized 10-meter, men's synchronized 3-meter finals The second leg of the World Series will be held May 24-25 in Sheffield, Great Britain, where nine U.S. divers are planning to compete. Joining the six divers headed to Mexico will be Chris Colwill (Brandon, Fla.), Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) and Jevon Tarantino (Boca Raton, Fla.). - USA Diving - About 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.