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DIVING: Livingston siblings lead U.S. at FINA Grand Prix China Open

March 02, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

SHENZHEN, China-The Livingston siblings had a hand in three fourth-place finishes and Harrison Jones (Spring, Texas) made history at the FINA Diving Grand Prix China Open, held February 29-March 2. Drew Livingston (The Woodlands, Texas) scored 457.35 points on men's 10-meter for fourth place, the best U.S. showing on an individual event at the China Open. He received four 9.0 marks on his opening dive, a front 3 1/2. Livingston also paired with Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif.) in men's synchronized 3-meter. They placed fourth with 372.96 points in their first senior international competition together; the two teens won the gold medal on the event at the 2007 Junior Pan American Championships in November. Livingston's older sister, Jessica Livingston (The Woodlands, Texas), teamed with Laura Wilkinson (Spring, Texas) for 316.14 points in the women's synchronized 10-meter contest. The duo placed fourth, just .42 points behind bronze medalists In Sun Hong and Choe Kum Huo of North Korea. Jones placed 10th with 434.85 points on men's 10-meter but made history when he performed an inward 4 1/2. He became the first diver to compete a dive with a degree of difficulty above 4.0 in an international competition. He earned 69.70 points on the dive, which has a degree of difficulty of 4.1. Nancilea Foster (Conroe, Texas) scored 347.60 for a fifth-place finish on 3-meter, with teammate Allison Brennan (Huntington Beach, Calif.) placing seventh at 332.00. Justin Wilcock (Smithfield, Utah) finished sixth with 392.25 points in the men's 3-meter finals. He advanced to the finals after scoring 459.35 points in the semifinals. Ipsen also advanced to the semis, where he scored 422.60 points to finish eighth overall. Cassandra Cardinell (Loudonville, N.Y.) finished seventh on women's 10-meter with 343.05 points, with Jessica Livingston placing 13th at 276.30. Chinese divers won all eight gold medals. - 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 more information, visit www.usadiving.org.