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2004 Olympic Diving Trials Women's Platform Prelims
Ron Kontura
Laura Leads, Livingston feels right at Home!

After the prelims and semis in St. Louis for the USA Diving Olympic Trials, Woman’s Platform, there is someone on top of the leader board who is no stranger to being there, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, Laura Wilkinson. From the first dive to the last, Laura led the event and looked in Gold Medal form. Laura finished the day with a score of 544.56. Jessica Livingston from the Woodlands Diving team is in second place with a score of 502.53. Jessica, who began her diving career at the Rec Plex in St. Louis with Doug Beavers and Lighting Diving, felt right at home putting away both 205B and 305C optional dives for 9”s.

2000 Olympian Sara Hildebrand, Indiana Diving, is currently in 3rd place at 498.81. Sara was in 6th after the prelims. Sara won the voluntary round edging out Laura by .57 with a four dive score of 197.67 moving her into the third position heading into finals on Sunday night. Rounding out the top 5 was Kimiko Soldati, CTC, in 4th, 492.60 and Brittany Viola, Team Orlando, in 5th, 491.31. Both divers started off slow missing a few dives in the early rounds, then finished strong. Kimiko nailed her 5253D for 8’s and Brittany put 3 of her voluntary dives down for 9’s.

The finals will begin at 5:30pm Sunday night and can be seen on Live on NBC Sports.

-Ron Kontura

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