Bryant/Rittenhouse place sixth at FINA World Championships

July 24, 2009, 12:34 p.m. (ET)

ROME, Italy - Kelci Bryant (Chatham, Ill.) and Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) finished sixth in Friday's women's synchronized 3-meter finals at the FINA World Championships.

Bryant and Rittenhouse scored 305.10 points, 5.7 points behind bronze medalists Julia Pakhalina and Anastasia Pozdniakova of Russia. China's Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia won another world title, this time with 348.00 points. Italy's Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape scored 329.70 for silver.

"We did OK, but we definitely have the potential to do better," said Rittenhouse, who earlier in the week turned in a fifth-place showing individually on 3-meter.

Their best dive came in the fourth round, earning 72.90 points on their inward 2 ½ that bumped them from eighth to fifth in the standings.

"I thought it was a good performance considering how little we've been able to train together," Bryant said. Rittenhouse moved back to southern California after the Olympics, while Bryant has been training in Indianapolis.

David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) and Thomas Finchum (Indianapolis, Ind.) were fourth in the men's synchronized preliminaries on Friday. They scored 426.54 points, less than a point behind the third-place Cuban team of Jose Guerra and Jeinkler Aguirre. Olympic gold medalists Lin Yue and Huo Liang of China led the field. The finals are set for Saturday, the last day of diving competition at the FINA World Championships.

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