June 21, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State divers Katie Bell and Bianca Alvarez advanced to the finals of the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials Wednesday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Bell, a 2009 All-American, currently sits in second place in the women’s 10-meter platform with 703.75 points, while Alvarez, the 2012 Big Ten Diver of the Year, is in fourth place in the women’s 3-meter springboard with 626.00 points.

The top two finishers on each event will earn spots on the Olympic team.  The finals for the women’s 3-meter springboard will begin following the conclusion of the men’s 10-meter platform finals at 1 p.m. PT Saturday, while the finals for the women’s 10-meter platform will begin after the men’s 3-meter springboard finals at noon PT Sunday.

NBC will televise a total of five hours of live coverage Saturday-Sunday. In addition the trials will receive nine hours of live and taped delayed coverage on NBC Sports Network June 19-22.

Alvarez, the Big Ten 1- and 3-meter springboard champion and the 2012 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner, also advanced to the finals of the women’s synchronized 3-meter springboard after posting a 524.40 score with Carrie Dragland in the semifinals for fourth place. The U.S. will send one women’s 3-meter synchro team to London.   

 Also competing at the elite competition was rising Buckeye junior Christian Holstein, who finished 14th after the semifinals of the men’s 3-meter springboard.  Rising Ohio State junior Cheyenne Cousineau finished 21st after the preliminary round of the women’s 10-meter platform.

Scores at the trials are cumulative, with preliminaries, semifinals and finals all counting toward team selection.

U.S.  Diving Olympic Trials
Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 21
Women’s 3M Synchro – 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 23
Women’s 3M Springboard  – 1 p.m. (Following Men’s 10M Platform)

Sunday, June 24

Women’s 10M Platform – Noon (Following Men’s 3M Springboard)