Dumais, Colwill advance to men's 3-meter finals at FINA World Championships

July 23, 2009, 3:43 p.m. (ET)

ROME, Italy - Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) and Chris Colwill (Brandon, Fla.) have advanced to Thursday's men's 3-meter finals after top-12 finishes in Wednesday's semifinals at the FINA World Championships.

Dumais finished with 471.50 points to place third in the semis after leading a morning preliminary session that featured 51 divers, more than any other event at the World Championships.

"I dove well, but it was a long day," Dumais said. "(In the semis) I missed my gainer a little, but it happens. I'm going to come out tomorrow and go after it."

Colwill scored 429.20 points and clawed his way into the finals. He was in 16th after four rounds, but had the best-scoring dive in the fifth round with 89.25 points on his reverse 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists to jump to 13th, one spot shy of the final qualifying spot. In the final round, he scored 84 points on his reverse 3 ½ to bump him to 11th and a spot in the finals.

"I know I'm one of the best divers out there, and I'm known for keeping my composure," Colwill said. "Ever since I was little kid, I've been known for being able to climb my way back."

Canada's Alexandre Despatie led the semifinal field with 485.05 points.

In addition to men's 3-meter finals, Thursday's competition also includes women's synchronized 3-meter preliminaries. Diving events at the World Championships continue through July 25.

- 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.