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Ipsen leads 3-meter springboard at U.S. Olympic diving trials

| Wednesday, June 20, 2012 8:54 p.m

Kristian Ipsen topped the 3-meter springboard preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic diving trials in Federal Way, Wash., on Wednesday, with synchro partner Troy Dumais in second.

Ipsen totaled 511.90 points in the six-round competition outside of Seattle. Dumais had 465.70.

Eighteen divers advanced to the evening semifinal. Scores carry over each round.

On women’s 10-meter platform, Brittany Viola led all five prelim rounds in scoring 380.55 points, including a 10.0 on her first dive. Katie Bell, who trains at Ohio State, was second at 339.25.

Montour native Cassidy Krug, who finished first in the 3-meter springboard semifinals Tuesday night, takes a 39.20-point lead over 2008 Olympian Christina Loukas into Saturday’s final.

Ipsen took over the lead on his third dive and maintained it the rest of the way. He’s seeking his first Olympic berth, although the Stanford sophomore-to-be has two world meets under his belt. He and Dumais won a silver medal in 3-meter synchro at the 2009 worlds in Rome, and they were fourth last year in Shanghai.

Ipsen got his highest scores on a reverse with 3 12 somersaults in the fifth round, then followed up with a reverse 1 12 somersaults with 3 12 twists that earned mostly 9.0s on his final dive.

Dumais led after the opening round, briefly dropped to third and rebounded to second. He was helped with a strong fourth dive that received 8.5s and 9.0s.

Auriemma presses on

U.S. women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma said yesterday the Olympic team should not be distracted by an employment discrimination lawsuit filed by a security official who claims she spurned his advances.

“It better not be, and I don’t think it will be,” said Auriemma, who called his team focused and intent on winning a gold medal.

Auiemma, who has won seven NCAA titles at Connecticut, said he would let lawyers worry about the lawsuit filed June 11 by NBA security official Kelly Hardwick, who alleges the coach tried to kiss her on a trip to Russia in 2009. The lawsuit, filed in New York state court, names Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball as defendants.

Felix’s schedule

In at least one way, less is more for Allyson Felix.

Felix is still thinking about winning gold medals in multiple events at the Olympics. But she’ll be adding the 100 meters to her specialty, the 200, instead of the more grueling 400 she had been training for over the past year.

Felix will begin her bid for the 100-200 double at the U.S. Olympic trials Friday.

She was originally signed up for the 400, as well, but was listed as “scratched” in that event yesterday. Her brother and agent, Wesley Felix, confirmed the decision with The Associated Press.

It marks a change of course for America’s most decorated female sprinter, who has won three world championships at 200 meters but has twice finished second at the Olympics to Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown.

Ticket prices soar

Ticket prices to sold-out events at the London Olympics have climbed as high as 20 times face value on the secondary market, with the opening and closing ceremonies, the men’s basketball final and the last track-and- field session going for at least 1,000 pounds ($1,576) a seat.

The games start July 27, and tickets to the opening ceremony are the most expensive and most scarce, according to TiqIQ, an aggregator of the online resale ticket market.

The prices for opening-ceremony seats range from 2,000 to 7,000 pounds, up from the face value of 150-2,012 pounds.

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