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Sam Dorman wins 3rd title of week in US diving

August 19, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sam Dorman won the his third title of the week Sunday in the U.S. national diving championships, teaming with Zac Nees in the men’s synchronized 3-meter event.

Deidre Freeman won the women’s 3-meter title, Steele Johnson topped the field in the men’s 10-meter, and Samantha Bromberg and Cheyenne Cousineau won the women’s synchronized 10-meter.

Dorman, also the individual 1-meter and 3-meter winner this week, and Nees finished with the 390.33 points in the final. They were second with two rounds to go and took the lead with 80.58 points on their fifth dive, an inward 3½ tuck. They finished with 77.52 points on a front 2½ with two twists.

“It’s a dream come true,” Dorman said. “Before I came here, I thought about (winning three events), but I never expected this would actually happen. I’m speechless. I’ve worked so hard with (coach) Randy (Ableman) for this, and it’s great to see it’s finally paying off. We definitely nailed it today.”

Michael Hixon and Darien Schmidt were second with 385.26 points.

Freeman, a former University of Iowa star, scored 303.40 points to take the women’s 3-meter title a day after winning the synchronized 3-meter with Kaylea Arnett.

“I was really comfortable on the boards today,” Freeman said. “When I was out there, I just told myself, ‘This is my pool.’”

Amanda Burke was second at 296.10.

Johnson won the men’s 10-meter title for the second year in a row, scoring 497.65 points. He opened the contest with 91.80 points on an armstand double back somersault with 2½ twists and led throughout. His best dive came in the third round when he earned 94.05 points on a back 3½ tuck.

“This was a tough competition, and I’m happy with the way I dove,” Johnson said “I was confident today. I had one little miss, but even with that, I thought I dove really well today.

David Dinsmore was second at 470.65.

Bromberg and Cousineau scored 291.27 points in the women’s 10-meter synchro. They led by 1.31 points heading into the last round and came through with their best dive of the day, scoring 77.76 points on a back 2½ with 1½ twists.

“I’m happy about a strong finish to a long summer,” said Bromberg, who also won the individual 10-meter title. “I think we were both a little emotional about our last meet with our coaches, but we just did what we know we can do.”

Amy Cozad and Kate Hillman were second at 286.08.

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