Aug. 14, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas-- Stanford's Cassidy Krug won a pair of titles at the AT&T National Diving Championships, continuing a comeback attempt and marching towards a possible spot on the 2012 Olympic Team in London.
Krug on Saturday won the three-meter championship, her second individual national title and first since 2007, and her third three-meter synchronized diving title, and first with partner Kassidy Cook.
“I didn’t even compete in this meet last year. When I came back, I just wanted to have fun, but now I have my sights set on 2012,” said Krug who stopped diving following the 2008 Olympic Trials and returned in late 2009. “It’s two years out, and this is a good measuring stick. London is my goal.”
Krug entered the three-meter competition with the top score following the semifinals, and did not disappoint, firing off a 78.00 on a back 2 ½ somersault pike, followed by 82.50 points on a reverse 2 ½ somersault pike. She finished off her event with 81.00 points on a forward 2 ½ somersault one twist pike. Amongst the seven judges on each of her final three dives, she never scored lower than an 8.5.
In the synchronized event, the duo tallied 321.60 pionts, saving the best for last with a back 2 ½ somersault pike for 73.80 points paced by nine 8.0's or better amongst the 11 judges. The duo led up to the final dive with a 71.10 and a 72.90, leading from start to finish.
Krug was one of the most decorated divers in Stanford history, earning NCAA Diver of the Year honors in 2007 following NCAA titles in the one and three-meter events. She was a three-time Pac-10 Champion.
The national championships wrap up on Sunday with fellow graduate Dwight Dumais set to compete in the three-meter finals.
The championships will be aired on Comcast Sportsnet California on August 23 at noon and on CSN Bay Area on August 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Stanford Competitors at the Diving Championships
Tuesday, August 10
Three-meter Synchro: Krug/Cook (1st-quarterfinals)Wednesday, August 11 One-Meter: Dumais (6th-Finals)
Three-Meter: Krug (1st-semifinals), Phipps (13th-semifinals)Thursday, August 12
Three-meter: Dumais (6th-semifinals)
One-meter: Phipps (10th-quarterfinals)Saturday, August 14 Three-meter: Krug (1st-finals)
Three-meter synchro: Krug (1st-finals)Sunday, August 15 Three-meter: Dumais (9th-finals)