June 24, 2012
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. --- Former Georgia diver Chris Colwill qualified for the London Games on Sunday by winning the men's 3-meter springboard at the United States Olympic Trials.
Colwill, who also was an Olympian in 2008, entered the finals in third place with 951.15 points, trailing Kristian Ipsen's 993.80 and Troy Dumais' 954.20. But Colwill was the best of the trio on Sunday, scoring at least 74 points on all six of his dives. He pulled into first place in the fifth round and then punctuated his win with a final dive totaling 99.75 points.
Colwill finished with 1,457.45 points, scoring 506.3 points and averaging better than 84 points in the finals. Dumais came in second with 1,448.35 points to grab the other United States spot. Ipsen, who will team with Dumais in 3-meter synchro in London, placed third with 1,447.10 points.
"I was a little behind starting the day, so I went with the `no fear' approach," Colwill said. "I just wanted to do the best I could, and it seemed to work at the right time. This was a very important session for me. I knew I had to do well on all six dives."
"I could not be prouder of Chris," Georgia diving coach Dan Laak said. "He did such a great job today. I was so impressed with the way he competed. He has worked so hard, and he really deserves to go back to the Olympics."
Colwill was a three-time NCAA champion and a five-time SEC champion during his career with the Bulldogs (2004-06, 2008).
Colwill is the first American with ties to the Georgia swimming and diving program to earn a spot in the London Games. The swimming trials for the United States will begin Monday in Omaha, Neb.