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.
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.