Four divers set to compete in FINA World Series in China this week

March 23, 2009, 5:18 p.m. (ET)


Four divers will represent the United States at the FINA Diving World Series in Changzhou, China, on March 27-28.

2008 Olympians Kelci Bryant (Chatham, Ill./Indianapolis, Ind.) and Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif./Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) will compete in women's synchronized 3-meter, and 2008 Olympian Thomas Finchum (Indianapolis, Ind.) will pair with Nick McCrory (Chapel Hill, N.C.) in both synchronized 3-meter and synchronized 10-meter.

The top finishers from the 2008 Olympic Games were invited to participate in the World Series. Bryant and Rittenhouse were fourth in 3-meter synchro at the 2008 Games. Finchum finished fifth in 10-meter synchro in Beijing with long-time partner David Boudia, who is now a freshman at Purdue University and unable to attend this leg of the World Series as it coincides with the NCAA Championships.

New USA Diving high performance director Steve Foley recommended Finchum pair with McCrory following a synchronized diving assessment camp in Columbus, Ohio, last month. Finchum and McCrory are among the top three platform divers in the country and have a similar list of dives.

The U.S. will also participate in World Series meets in Great Britain and Mexico next month.

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