DIVING: Colwill, Tarantino place sixth; Wilkinson, Ishimatsu advance at FINA Diving World Cup

Feb. 19, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
BEIJING-Chris Colwill (Brandon, Fla.) and Jevon Tarantino (Boca Raton, Fla.) placed sixth in the men's synchronized 3-meter final Tuesday, the opening day of the Good Luck Beijing/FINA Diving World Cup. The pair scored scored 404.64 points in their first World competition after competing in three Grand Prix meets last year. China's Wang Feng and Qin Kai scored 462.12 points for the men's 3-meter synchro gold, and Russia's Yuriy Kunakov and Dmitry Sautin took silver at 418.65. Tuesday's competition also included women's 10-meter preliminaries, with Laura Wilkinson (Spring, Texas) and Haley Ishimatsu (Seal Beach, Calif.) placing sixth and 13th, respectively, to advance to the semifinals, set for Wednesday morning. Wilkinson scored 343.60 points, and Ishimatsu finished with 321.05 points. China's Chen Ruolin topped the preliminary field with 410.10 points, with Wang Xin, also of China, taking second at 382.35. Ishimatsu's top-18 finish guarantees the United States a second spot in women's 10-meter for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Wilkinson had already secured one spot for the U.S. as a result of her fourth-place showing at last year's World Championships (Spots are earned for the countries, not the divers themselves). The semifinals begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The top 12 in the semis will advance to the finals at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Colwill will dive again Wednesday in the men's individual 3-meter preliminaries, which begin at 2 p.m. Two-time Olympian Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) also will dive in that event. The World Cup continues through February 24. - 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.