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Bryant Wins 1-Meter Springboard

August 15, 1998

ATLANTA (AP) _ Katie Beth Bryant won the 1-meter springboard in the U.S. Diving Summer Nationals on Friday night, giving the LSU recruit a sweep of the spring and summer championships.

Bryant, of Moultrie, took the lead on the fourth of five dives at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, and held off Jennifer Dixon by 3.18 points. Bryant and Dixon will represent the United States in the World Diving Cup in January at Wellington, New Zealand.

``This was such a surprise. I am so excited,″ said Bryant, who grew up in Chatham, Ill., but moved to Georgia to train during high school. ``I feel like I’m speechless, and that never happens.″

Bryant scored 58.32 points on her fourth dive, an inward 1 1/2 somersault, and added 49.14 points in her final dive, a reverse 1 1/2 somersault with 1 1/2 twists.

Dixon, 23, who grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., said the silver medal was the highlight of her career.

``I’ve been trying for this for 18 years,″ she said. ``I couldn’t be more excited.″

Erica Sorgi, 16, of Mission Viejo, Calif., finished third, 5.16 points behind Bryant.

In the men’s 3-meter springboard, Chris Devine edged P.J. Bogart by 0.03 points to take the top seeding in Saturday’s final.

Troy Dumais, by virtue of executing the most semifinal attempts with highest degrees of difficulty, will carry the most points into the final.

Dumais has 239.46 points, followed by Bogart with 225.36, and David Pichler with 214.65. Devine is fourth with 214.38.

``I gave away a little on my first two voluntaries,″ said Devine, Penn State’s 3-meter gold medalist in the 1994 Big Ten Championships. ``That right there probably cost me 15-20 points.″

Devine, of Breinigsville, Pa., said his best dives were his second and last of the quarterfinal. He scored 73.44 points on a forward 2 1/2 somersault with two twists and, four dives later, got 63 points on a reverse 3 1/2 somersault.

The fourth dive of the quarterfinal was pivotal for Devine, Bogart and Pichler, all of whom secured the first three places and never relinquished their standings.

But Bogart, a former standout at Minnesota who grew up in Mesa, Ariz., said his first dive of the semis was his best. He was awarded one score of 9.0 and three of 8.5 on the forward 1 1/2 somersault.

``I’m happy I’m not the leader,″ Bogart said. ``I like to kind of hang in the back.″

Pichler, a 1996 Olympian who is making a comeback at age 29, got four 8.0s on his last dive of the quarterfinal _ a reverse 1 1/2 somersault with 3 1/2 twists and a 3.3 difficulty rating.

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