Will recent history continue or will someone be able to knock David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) and Thomas Finchum (Indianapolis) off the top of the podium on men's 10-meter at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Diving?
And if not, will it be Boudia or Finchum on top?
The two Indiana teens have finished 1-2 on 10-meter at the last six major national meets (five national championships and the 2006 U.S. Open). Each has won three times and finished second three times.
Finchum, 18, won two individual national titles in 2007, and Boudia, 19, claimed the win at the 2008 Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships in April. In February, he won a bronze medal at the FINA Diving World Cup in Beijing, earning him bonus points that will go toward his score at the Trials.
During their streak of 1-2 finishes, five others have placed third. Most recently, it was 16-year-old Nick McCrory (Chapel Hill, N.C.), who was third at the 2008 Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships. McCrory, who earned 10s on two dives at spring nationals, was in first place after the preliminaries before finishing third in the finals.
JJ Kinzbach (Montgomery, Texas/Coral Gables, Fla.) has a pair of third-place finishes - at the 2007 Kaiser Permanente National Diving Championships and the 2005 Speedo National Diving Championships.
Drew Livingston (The Woodlands, Texas) and Daniel Mazzaferro (Cheshire, Conn./Auburn, Ala.) both had their bronze-medal outings in Indianapolis, the site of the 2008 Trials. Livingston was third at the 2006 Speedo U.S. Open, and Mazzaferro had a breakout performance for third at the 2006 Kaiser Permanente National Diving Championships. Harrison Jones (Spring, Texas) was third at the 2007 spring nationals in Boyds, Md.
Rounding out the 11 divers in the men's 10-meter field are Sean Moore (Englewood, Colo./Columbus, Ohio), the 2008 NCAA champion on platform and son of 1976 Olympic diver Tim Moore; David Colturi (Sylvania, Ohio/West Lafayette, Ind.); Matt Cooper (Bethesda, Md.), and Wes Wieser (Chesterfield, Mo./Columbus, Ohio).
The winner of the Trials will be nominated to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. The top six finishers will move on to an Olympic team selection camp, set for July 2-6 in Knoxville, Tenn., where the second individual spot will be decided. The winner must also participate in the camp to demonstrate competitive readiness.
Men's 10-meter (Hometown/Current Residence/Club)
David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./Unattached)
David Colturi (Sylvania, Ohio/West Lafayette, Ind./Purdue University)
Matt Cooper (Bethesda, Md./Montgomery Dive Club)
Thomas Finchum (Indianapolis, Ind./Unattached)
Harrison Jones (Spring, Texas/Woodlands Diving Academy)
JJ Kinzbach (Montgomery, Texas/Coral Gables, Fla./University of Miami)
Drew Livingston (The Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands Diving Academy)
Dan Mazzaferro (Cheshire, Conn./Auburn, Ala./Auburn Diving)
Nick McCrory (Chapel Hill, N.C./Duke Aquatics)
Sean Moore (Englewood, Colo./Columbus, Ohio/U.S. Elite Diving Academy)
Wes Wieser (Chesterfield, Mo./Columbus, Ohio/U.S. Elite Diving Academy)