A Texas high school diver came up just short of qualifying for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London - twice.
Kassidy Cook of The Woodlands (Texas)
placed second Thursday in the 3-meter synchronized springboard competition along with teammate Christina Loukas, a 2008 Olympian. On Saturday, she finished fourth in the 3-meter individual springboard competition. One team in the synchro and two individuals advance.
Cook, 17 years old, tweeted after the Thursday setback "I guess some things just aren't meant to be. Missing the Olympics by half a point is gonna haunt me for the rest of my life."Visit Kassidy Cook's Twitter page
The winning duo of Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant scored 956.4, while Cook and Loukas scored 955.98 at the U.S. Trials in Federal Way, Wash.An Associated Press story on the Newsday website
detailed the breakdown in the synchro finals. Cook and Loukas actually outscored the winners in every round of the final, but results from the semifinals and preliminaries carried over. Their lead never exceeded six points, and the margin was down to two points over the final three dives.
The story reported that Cook was crestfallen after the winners finished their final dive, crying on the deck.
"We're devastated," Loukas said in a
statement to USA Diving. "Kass and I fought to the end and I'm happy we
the pressure on them. They handled it well and they deserve to
Cook was third entering the finals Saturday but fell one spot.