Colwill adds another to national title haul
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Chris Colwill came into the USA Diving winter national championships with the mindset that he was going to have more fun.
Well, he's having plenty of fun now.
The Brandon, Fla., native outpointed Kristian Ipsen 1024.60-992.50 to win his first 3-meter title since 2006 on Saturday. It was Colwill's eighth career national championship.
"I came in here with a different approach," he said. "I wanted to have more fun than I usually do and I wanted to focus on the small things that make a huge difference, which was focusing on the form to get the extra point."
The 2008 Olympian also has three 1-meter and 3 synchronized titles.
"I'm really glad with the way I handled myself in terms of competing because I haven't competed like that in a long time," Colwill said. "That gives me confidence when I go back home to train."
David Boudia, a 2008 Olympic qualifier in the 10-meter platform and platform synchro, was third. Three-time Olympian Troy Dumais took fourth.
Haley Ishimatsu, a 17-year-old from Seal Beach, Calif., beat Amy Korthauer 721.40-677.35 to win her second women's platform title and third overall. Katherine Bell finished third and Casey Matthews was fourth.
"There are nerves, but a little bit of nerves is definitely healthy," Ishimatsu said. "It keeps you focused. My main goal was to dive like I have in practice and don't overdo anything."
The first two finishers in each event qualified for the USA Diving Grand Prix in May in Fort Lauderdale and June's FINA Diving World Cup in Changzhou, China. The third- and fourth-place finishers earned spots for the Grand Prix.
In non-qualifying events, Ipsen and Dumais won the 3-meter synchro over the team of Ryan Helms and Aaron Fleshner. Amy Cozad and Laura Ryan won the women's platform synchro with Kaylea Arnett and Matthews second.
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