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|Round by Round Review - Woman's 3M
Rachelle Kunkel received the first 8.5 and 8’s of the night on her
5152B. Kimiko also hit her 5152B for 8’s. But the story of the first
round was Kellie Brennan. Why? Because she decide to compete with her fractured
wrist at the Olympic Trials and opened with a 105B for 7.5-8.5’s. See
the story to follow, “Courageous Kellie”.
Nancilea Underwood “RIPPED” a 107C for 9’s and 73.92 points.
Kimiko scored 7.5’s on 405B. Summer Mitchell, MVND, had a great top on
her 305B and put it down for 7.5’s.
Sara Hildebrand’s 5353C was spectacular for 7.5’s. Kimiko’s
107B scored 74.40 points receiving six 8’s for the judges. Nancilea’s
205B had a great top and she pulled it by a hair long for 7’s.
Ashley Rubenstien, Auburn Diving, began the round by putting down a 305B for
6.5’s and was starting to feel right at home at the pool she trained at
for so many years as a JO diver. Rachelle’s 4405B got 7’s and Davidson
snuck in a 305B for 7’s. Julie Broms, US Elite, “RIPPED” her
305C for 7.5-8’s and Carrie McCambridge, Boilermaker Diving, “RIPPED” her
5335D also for 7.5-8’s.
The last round of optional’s found Mitchell with a solid 5152B for 7’s.
Which was followed by a 107B for 8.5’s by Rachelle. Davidson’s 5152B
proved to be the highest scoring dive in the contest receiving 9’s-8’s
and a total score of 74.70. Sara received 9’s on her 405C.
Voluntaries do matter and they started off in this round with Michelle and Kimiko
receiving 9’s. Ashley, Rachelle, Cassidy Krug(Stanford Diving), Jamie Sanger(Tennessee
Diving), Lisa Silvestri(Indiana Diving), Kellie all received 8’s from the
Sara “RIPPED” her 201B for 9’s. Soldati’s 403B received
a 9 as well. Lane Bassham(Moss Farm), Allison Brennan(South Carolina), Jamie,
Michelle, Nancilea, and Carrie all received 8’s on their dives.
Rubenstein remained steady and receive 8’s as did Allison, Michelle received
9’s on her 301B.
Summer Mitchell, diver 2 in the order, after “RIPPING” her 403C has
the dive failed do to reason yet to be determined and Rachelle is allowed to
repeat her 301B which she received 9’s on the second attempt. Allison received
9’s on her 403B. Ashley, Michelle, Sara, Kimiko, Nancilea, and Carrie all
received 8’s from the judges.
There were three divers in the meet who had a shot at 12th place and an invitation
to the finals. First up was Julie Broms and her 5132D went down for 7.5’s.
Next up was Carrie who also had a 5132D and she performed hers a little better
than Julie’s for 8’s. That left our final diver, Kellie Brennan – fractured
wrist and all, with a final shot to make the finals and she came up short on
her 301B pushing the dive a little out for 7’s. Carrie earned the final
spot in the finals, pending a protest. Allison Brennan continued to shine through
the voluntary round and finished with 8’s. Allison won the voluntary contest
edging out Michelle 227.79 to 226.98.
Overall, a great day of diving in St. Louis. Outside of the top five, the diver’s
that stood out were Ashley Rubenstien and Cassidy Krug. Their steady diving throughout
the night put them both in the top 10. The biggest jump in the standings during
the voluntary round belonged to Allison Brennan who moved up from 13th to 7th
place heading into the finals.