Colwill places ninth on 1-meter to open FINA World Championships

July 17, 2009, 3:24 p.m. (ET)

ROME, Italy - Chris Colwill (Brandon, Fla.) took a chance, but it didn't quite work out the way he'd hoped.

Colwill finished ninth with 350.30 points in the men's 1-meter finals on the opening night of the FINA World Championships on Friday. He placed second in the morning preliminaries and then swapped out his inward 2 ½ tuck for the more difficult inward 2 ½ pike in the finals. He scored 2s and 3s on the more difficult dive after 7.5s and 8s on the tuck in the prelims.

"I'm very capable of hitting that harder dive. Today just wasn't the day," Colwill said. "But I've got another event, and I've been working hard on 3-meter."

Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) was 16th with 336.15 points in his world championships debut. China's Qin Kai scored 449.00 points for gold, with teammate Zhang Xinhua placing second at 445.90.

"It was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. I was more nervous than I expected," Horner said. "But, I went out there and did my best. It's my first World Championships, and I'm happy with how I did - 16th in the world is not too bad."

Haley Ishimatsu (Seal Beach, Calif.) and Brittany Viola (Oarlando, Fla.) both advanced to Saturday's women's 10-meter semifinals after placing 10th and 17th, respectively, in Friday's preliminaries.

Ishimatsu, who scored 312.90 points, has been hampered with a shoulder injury since late 2008 and was eager to get back into a meet setting.
"It feels good to be diving again in a competition. (Friday's) performance was OK, but I'm just glad I was able to be here and dive. I'm looking forward to (Saturday)," Ishimatsu said.

Viola finished with 298.80 points after finding herself in a hole after the second round, when she missed her inward 3 ½ tuck. She slowly crept back up in the standings and stood in 19th place - one shy of advancing - after the fourth of five rounds. She hit her back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists for 73.10 points in the last round to finish 17th and qualify for the semifinals.

"I didn't know where I was after the fourth round, but I knew after my inward that it wasn't good," Viola said. 'I didn't do that dive like I wanted to, so I'm excited that I get another chance to come out (Saturday) and be a little more confident and do it like I know I can."

In addition to women's 10-meter semifinals and finals, Saturday's competition also include men's synchronized 3-meter with USA's Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) and Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif.). The diving events at the World Championships continue through July 25.

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