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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior Katie Bell won the silver medal today on the 10-meter platform event at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in Iowa City, Iowa. Bell totaled 347.35 points to trail only Brittany Viola, daughter of former Minnesota Twins pitcher Frank Viola, who won her first national title with 357.70 points.

Bell, from Columbus and Graham High School, will be named to the AT&T Grand Prix team and move on to phase two of the selection process to represent the United States at the 2011 World Championships. The top four divers with the highest cumulative scores from the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals are named to the Grand Prix team. In addition to Bell, the others named to the team are Viola, Jessica Parrato and Anna James. James won the bronze medal on the 10-meter Saturday.

The USA Diving Winter Nationals are being held at the University of Iowa’s new Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

Up next for Bell: the Big Ten championships Feb. 16-19 at Indiana University followed by the NCAA championships one month later in Austin, Texas. She will then compete at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in May.

This is Bell’s third top three finish at a U.S. Diving national meet in her last three meets. She was third at the 2010 USA Diving Winter Nationals in 2010, held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, and she won a U.S. Diving national championship on the 10-meter board in August 2009 in Tallahassee, Fla.

USA Diving Winter Nationals

Iowa City, Iowa – Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

Final Results: Women’s 10-meter
1. Brittany Viola, University of Miami, 357.70; 2. Katy Bell, Ohio State University, 347.35; 3. Anna James, City of Midland, 346.10; 4. Jessica Parratto, Unattached, 333.65; 5. Carrie Dragland, University of Miami, 316.80; 6. Kara Cook, Purdue University, 296.30; 7. Michelle Cabassol, Woodlands Diving Academy, 285.85; 8. Laura Ryan, Indiana University, 280.05; 9. Kelli Stockton, Dominion Dive Club, 277.60; 10. Annika Lenz, Trojan Dive Club, 270.45; 11. Laura Winn, UCLA Diving, 265.85; 12. Christina Gailey, Unattached, 248.30

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