DIVING: Good Luck Beijing/FINA Diving World Cup begins February 19

Feb. 17, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
The Good Luck Beijing/FINA Diving World Cup is set for February 19-24 at the "Water Cube", and the competition is the final opportunity for federations to qualify for this summer's Olympic Games. The U.S. World Cup team includes 2007 World Championship bronze medalists David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) and Thomas Finchum (Indianapolis), 2000 Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson (Spring, Texas) and two-time Olympian Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.). The United States has already secured six Olympic spots but can still qualify for an additional six. Team USA is looking for spots in both women's synchronized events as well as two spots individually on men's 10-meter and one spot each on men's 3-meter and women's 10-meter. Boudia and Finchum look to build on a strong 2007 season in which they medaled in eight of nine international competitions as a men's synchronized team, but they'll also try for strong individual performances on 10-meter in order to earn Olympic berths for the U.S. The top 18 finishers at the World Cup will qualify their countries (unless that diver already secured a spot with a top 12 showing at the World Championships last year or if a country has already earned its maximum two spots per event). Also looking for top-18 finishes to qualify the U.S. for the Games will be Haley Ishimatsu (Seal Beach, Calif.) on women's 10-meter and Chris Colwill (Brandon, Fla.) on men's 3-meter. Wilkinson and Dumais already secured berths for the U.S. by virtue of their fourth- and seventh-place showings respectively at the World Championships. In synchronized events, the top four teams whose countries have not already qualified will earn Olympic berths. Ishimatsu and Mary Beth Dunnichay (Elwood, Ind.) were fifth at last year's World Championships and will represent the U.S. at the World Cup. Kelci Bryant (Chatham, Ill.) and Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) will compete in the synchronized 3-meter event. They won a silver at the 2006 World Cup and the 2007 Pan American Games but took 10th at the World Championships last year. The U.S. World Cup roster also includes Christina Loukas (Riverwoods, Ill.) and Cassidy Krug (Coraopolis, Pa.) on women's 3-meter and Colwill and Jevon Tarantino (Boca Raton, Fla.) in men's 3-meter synchro. Schedule of Events February 19 Men's synchronized 3-meter preliminary-10 a.m. Women's 10-meter preliminary-2 p.m. Men's synchronized 3-meter final-7 p.m. February 20 Women's 10-meter semifinal-10 a.m. Men's 3-meter preliminary-2 p.m. Women's 10-meter final-7 p.m. February 21 Men's 3-meter semifinal-10 a.m. Women's synchronized 10-meter preliminary-2 p.m. Men's 3-meter final-7 p.m. Women's synchronized 10-meter final-8:45 p.m. February 22 Men's synchronized 10-meter preliminary-10 a.m. Women's 3-meter preliminary-2 p.m. Men's synchronized 10-meter final-7 p.m. February 23 Women's 3-meter semifinal-10 a.m. Men's 10-meter preliminary-2 p.m. Women's 3-meter final-7 p.m. February 24 Men's 10-meter semifinal-10 a.m. Women's synchronized 3-meter preliminary-2 p.m. Men's 10-meter final-7 p.m. Women's synchronized 3-meter final-8:45 p.m. February 25 Final Olympic qualifying event-individual events only (Divers will compete to be placed on a ranking list that will be used to fill any additional spots that may become available.) 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.