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DIVING: U.S. starts off second leg of FINA World Series with three medals

May 24, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND-The United States opened the second leg of the 2008 FINA Diving World Series with two silvers and a bronze medal Saturday. David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) and Thomas Finchum (Indianapolis, Ind.) won silver in men's synchronized 10-meter, and Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) claimed the men's 3-meter bronze. Kelci Bryant (Chatham, Ill.) and Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) were third in women's synchronized 3-meter. Boudia and Finchum finished with 421.12 points for second behind Great Britain's Thomas Daley and Blake Aldridge, who won the men's 10-meter synchro contest with 429.12 points. Cuba's Jose Guerra and Eric Fornaris were third at 407.76. Dumais moved up one spot from his finish at the 2008 World Cup to claim the 3-meter bronze with 452.90 points, highlighted by a pair of 9s on his forward 3 1/2 pike. China took the top two spots, with World Cup champion He Chong claiming gold at 506.30 and Qin Kai finishing second at 475.95. Mexico's Yahel Castillo, the bronze medalist at the World Cup, was fourth with 406.10 points. Chris Colwill (Brandon, Fla.) scored 437.50 points to finish third in his semifinal and fifth overall as only two per semifinal advance to the finals. Bryant and Rittenhouse picked up their second World Series bronze medal with 301.80 points in the women's 3-meter synchro contest. China's Wu Minxia and Guo Jingjing held off Russia's Yulia Pakhalina and Anastasia Pozdnyakova for gold, scoring 332.10 points to Russia's 321.06. Haley Ishimatsu (Seal Beach, Calif.) was fifth overall in women's 10-meter after scoring 328.90 points for third in her semifinal. Mexico's Paola Espinosa won her second World Series gold with 393.90 points, and China's Wang Xin scored 369.05 points for silver. Competition concludes Sunday with Bryant in women's 3-meter, Boudia in men's 10-meter, Colwill and Jevon Tarantino (Boca Raton, Fla.) in men's synchronized 3-meter and Ishimatsu and Mary Beth Dunnichay (Elwood, Ind.) in women's synchronized 10-meter. - 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.