Loukas, Rittenhouse advance to 3-meter finals; Boudia moves on to semis at World Championships

July 21, 2009, 2 p.m. (ET)

ROME, Italy - Christina Loukas (Riverwoods, Ill.) and Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) have advanced to Tuesday's women's 3-meter finals, and David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) has moved on to the men's 10-meter semifinals, also set for Tuesday at the FINA World Championships.

Loukas finished fifth with 318.30 points in Monday evening's semifinals after placing fourth in the morning prelims.

"I'm really happy. I did what I needed to do to get in the finals, but I know I can do better on every single one of my dives. I wanted to save it for the finals," Loukas said.

Rittenhouse, a 2008 World Cup medalist in synchronized diving, was competing individually for the first time in a world meet. She grabbed the final qualifying spot with a 12th-place 300.45 in the semis; she was 16th in the prelims.

"I was just hoping to hit all of my dives, and I was a lot more consistent in the semifinals. I'm glad to have another chance to dive my best (Tuesday)," Rittenhouse said.

In the men's 10-meter preliminaries, Boudia finished seventh with 472.60 points, highlighted by 91 points on his armstand in the third round. A bronze medalist on the event at last year's World Cup, it's the first time he's advanced to the semis at a World Championships.

"I didn't feel any nerves at all. It was helpful going in to prelims so relaxed," said Boudia. "I just kind of did what I do in practice."

Nick McCrory (Chapel Hill, N.C.) finished 20th with 401.00 points in his first World Championships. He was in 35th place after the first round but came back and climbed into qualifying position. After scoring 87.40 points - the highest score among all divers in the fifth round - on his back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists, he jumped to 17th with one round to go, but the pressure hit as he missed his last dive.

The diving events at the World Championships continue through July 25. Tuesday's competition begins with men's 10-meter semis, followed by women's 3-meter finals and men's 10-meter finals.

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