Forcucci Falls Short of Finals at U.S. Diving Trials
June 20, 2012
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- South Carolina diver Courtney Forcucci came up short of qualifying for the finals on the three-meter springboard at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials on Tuesday, finishing in 16th place in the semifinals with a 10-dive score of 513 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
Only the top 12 divers advanced to Saturday's finals, as Forcucci was 50.7 points out of the 12th spot.
"It was not Courtney's best performance, but she did some great dives," South Carolina diving coach Todd Sherritt said. "It was a very competitive meet. This being her first Olympic Trials she did a great job. She represented South Carolina well. I am very proud of her career with us. She will go down as one of the great divers I have had the privilege of coaching."
Forcucci posted a five-dive score of 251.25 in the semifinals after finishing 17th in the quarterfinals earlier in the day with a score of 261.75.
A native of Fort Mill, S.C., Forcucci wraps up a stellar year on the boards as she earned two All-America honors at the 2012 NCAA Championships, finishing fifth on the three-meter springboard and 15th in the one-meter competition. At the SEC Championships, she set the SEC and school record to win gold on the three-meter board and claimed bronze on the one-meter board.
South Carolina has one diver remaining at the U.S. Olympic Trials, as rising senior Rylan Ridenour will compete in the men's three-meter springboard competition on Wednesday. The quarterfinals are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET).