IU divers lead the Purdue pair in the U.S. Olympic Trials


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INDIANAPOLIS – Former Purdue divers David Boudia and Steele Johnson are unlikely to share an Olympic silver medal in 2021 like they did in 2016.

The couple Boudia / Johnson fell 64 points behind two Indiana University divers, Michael Hixon and Andrew Capobianco, after the preliminary and semi-finals of the synchronized 3-meter Monday at the US Olympic Trials in the IUPUI Natatorium.

Before the final on Friday evening, Hixon and Capobianco have 848.10 points and perhaps an insurmountable lead. Gregory Duncan and Grayson Campbell are at 784.89, less than a point ahead of Boudia / Johnson, 784.26.

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The winning team qualifies for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

32-year-old Boudia, who competed for the first time in 2004 at the age of 15, is going to a fourth Olympiad.

He also competes in the 3-meter individual. The preliminary and semi-finals are Wednesday and the last Sunday. Johnson, Hixon and Capobianco will also be at this event.

Boudia and Johnson won silver in 10-meter synchronicity but left the tower for the springboard. Because of the pandemic, they had not attended a meeting for 15 months.

Hixon won synchro silver with Sam Dorman at the Rio Olympics. For these Olympics he works with Capobianco, who won 3 meters at the NCAA championships in March.

The pair finished fourth at the World Championships in Tokyo in May, less than a point from a bronze medal against a field similar to that at the Olympics.

“The preliminary round here is a final,” said Hixon. “There are 18 dives here at the Olympics so you have to do all 18. That is our way of thinking and we are moving on from this semifinal and looking forward to a good final.”

Hixon / Capobiano have a cumulative difficulty rating of 18.1 for their 6-diver list compared to 17.4 for Boudia / Johnson. Hixon / Capobianco had an average semi-final score of 8.03 to 7.67 for Boudia / Johnson even on more difficult dives.

Boudia / Johnson’s best single dive score was 78.12. Hixon / Capobianco topped that four times, beating 87.78 for a 4½ forward somersault.

“We were pretty confident. Our training was really good,” said Capobianco. “We’ve been together for the last two weeks so it was really nice to have consistently solid training.”

Another hoosier who could go to more Olympics is Jessica Parratto. The IU graduate teamed up with Delaney Schnell, a 2019 world bronze medalist, to take a commanding 22-point lead after heats and semi-finals on synchronized 10 meters. It was their first competition together.

This final is also Friday (7pm, Olympic Channel).

Parratto / Schnell scored 613.68 points to 590.22 for Katrina Young and Murphy Bromberg on Monday. Young / Bromberg won a bronze medal together at the 2019 World Cup.

Parratto and Amy Cozad Magana finished seventh in Rio de Janeiro.

Contact IndyStar reporter David Woods at david.woods@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @ DavidWoods007.

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