Woodinville diver one step closer to London

Woodinville diver one step closer to London

Credit: Travis Pittman / KING

Woodinville's Carrie Dragland and partner Bianca Alvarez in the 3M Synchronized Springboard on Day 1 of the Olympic Diving Trials.

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 7:38 AM

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Until a month ago, Woodinville's Carrie Dragland was pinning her hopes to going to the Olympics on the 10-meter Platform. It was the only event she was going to compete in.

But thanks to a last-minute petition that was granted, and a solid performance Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials in Federal Way, Dragland and Bianca Alvarez have advanced to the finals of the 3-meter Synchronized Springboard event.

Photos: Carrie Dragland on Day 1 at Trials

Photos: Shoreline Olympic diving hopeful Katrina Young

Dragland and Alvarez finished fourth after the preliminaries and semifinals Sunday, punching their ticket to Thursday's final. Dragland and Alvarez scored a total of 524.40 for their ten dives, well behind the 637.80 by Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston.

Scores at the Trials are cumulative, with preliminaries, semifinals and finals all counting toward team selection. The U.S. will send one women’s 3-meter synchro team, so Dragland and Alvarez have a lot of ground to make up.

The pair initially wasn't going to compete in the synchronized event, but they petitioned about a month ago and were granted a spot.

Before Thursday's final, Dragland has to shift her focus back to the platform. She'll be competing in the preliminaries Wednesday morning and perhaps the semifinals Wednesday night. Shoreline's Katrina Young will also compete in the 10-Meter Platform.

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