Loukas, Boudia win diving titles


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Christina Loukas won the senior 3-meter event Sunday at the USA Diving Winter National Championships, finally earning a national title after victories at the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials and a silver medal at the World University Games.

The 24-year-old Loukas put together a score of 721.90 to defeat Abby Johnson, who had a 709.25. Kelci Bryant was third and Cassidy Krug was fourth.

"I'm really excited. I finally pulled through for my first title," said Loukas, who has three second-place finishes at 3 meters. "It was good being in first coming into the finals because every point mattered."

Loukas has also won three 1-meter titles and two synchronized championships.

David Boudia won the men's 10-meter platform for the third time by out-pointing Nick McCrory, with Harrison Jones in third and Thomas Finchum in fourth. Boudia later won in synchronized diving for his 10th title overall.

"I was blessed to compete against so many great divers," Boudia said. "It's awesome to see Nick come back from a failed dive and reach all the way to second place."

The first two finishers in each individual event qualified for the USA Diving Grand Prix in May in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the FINA Diving World Cup in June in Changzhou, China. The third- and fourth-place finishers earned spots for the Grand Prix.

In non-qualifying championships, Loukas added a seventh national title by teaming with Bryant to win the women's 3-meter synchro in their first time competing together.

Boudia and Finchum rejoined to win the platform synchro after not pairing for the national championships last year. They were 10th at the Beijing Olympics.