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COLUMBUS, Ohio Seven current and former member of the Ohio State men’s and women’s diving teams will compete at the Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships in Minneapolis next week, with spots in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Diving up for grabs.

Divers may automatically qualify into the semifinals, which begin April 16, based on finishes in past events. Divers not prequalified will dive in preliminaries on April 13-14 to try to earn spots in the semifinals.

Buckeyes competing include:

  • Kristen Asman prequalified on platform; will also dive in 1m, 3m prelims;
  • Chelsea Davis prequalified on 3m; will also dive in 1m prelims;
  • Kellen Harkness prequalified on 3m;
  • Ryan Jefferson will dive in 1m, 3m prelims; also will dive in 3m synchro with Moore;
  • Sean Moore prequalified on 10m; will dive in 1m, 3m prelims; also will dive 3m synchro with Jefferson and 10m synchro with Wieser;
  • Burkley Showe prequalified on 3m; also will dive in 3m synchro with Justin Wilcock; and
  • Wes Wieser will dive in 1m, 3m, 10m prelims; also will dive 10m synchro with Moore

(Bianca Alvarez is not competing she’ll be representing the United States at a FINA Grand Prix meet in Russia from April 10-13.)

The number of qualifying spots available in each preliminary depends upon the number of prequalified divers entered in the semis (a total of 24 divers will compete in the semifinals).

Women’s 1-meter: 17 divers from the preliminaries will advance to the semifinals
Women’s 3-meter: 11 divers from the preliminaries will advance to the semifinals
Women’s platform: 12 divers from the preliminaries will advance to the semifinals
Men’s 1-meter: 18 divers from the preliminaries will advance to the semifinals
Men’s 3-meter: 8 divers from the preliminaries will advance to the semifinals
Men’s platform: 14 divers from the preliminaries will advance to the semifinals

The top eight divers in the 3-meter and platform finals will qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Additionally, the top three synchro teams will qualify for the Olympic Team selection camp.

Harkness, Showe and Alvarez have already qualified for the Trials. Moore/Wieser and Showe/Wilcock have qualified for the selection camp.

Results will be posted at www.usadiving.org.

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