June 19, 2012
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Auburn diver Vennie Dantin finished 19th in the 3-meter springboard preliminaries, narrowly missing a spot in the semifinals on her first day of competition at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials.
"She was consistent, but not quite sharp enough today," Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "But maybe these things happen for a reason. Hopefully she can come back sharp tomorrow for tower, which is her best event."
Dantin finished with a score of 257.05, while the 18th-place score was 257.75. The top 18 competitors in prelims advance to the semifinals, and the top 12 from that round advance to the finals.
In addition, incoming freshman Justin Youtsey finished ninth in the men's synchronized 3-meter event Monday, teaming with Missouri signee Clark Thomas to post a score of 653.88.
Dantin will have one more chance at the Olympic Trials as platform preliminaries get underway at approximately 2:30 p.m. CT Wednesday.