Loukas captures second straight U.S. 1-meter title

Updated: July 25, 2008, 3:15 PM ET
Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. -- Christina Loukas tuned up for the Beijing Olympics by defending her 1-meter title at the U.S. national diving championships on Thursday night.

Loukas won with 264.80 points, edging her synchronized diving partner Amanda Miller of Centreville, Va., who finished second with 259.65.

Kassidy Cook, a 13-year-old competitor from The Woodlands, Texas, was third at 244.30.

Loukas, of Riverwoods, Ill., also won the 1-meter - a non-Olympic event - last year. Loukas, Miller and Cook will compete in Saturday's finals on 3-meter springboard, the event Loukas earned an Olympics berth.

In men's 3-meter, Kristian Ipsen of Clayton, Calif., led the semifinals with 436.45 points.

Terry Horner of Longwood, Fla., who won the men's 1-meter title Wednesday, was second at 396.00, followed by Matt Cooper of Bethesda, Md., in third at 395.25.

The trio advanced to Sunday's finals at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, where Olympian Troy Dumais is expected to compete. Chris Colwill likely will dive only in Sunday's 3-meter synchro finals with teammate and fellow Olympian Jevon Tarantino.

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