Thursday night Nick McCrory and his Duke teammate Abby Johnston became the first members of Duke’s diving team to earn a trip to the Olympic Games in London. This afternoon, McCrory qualified for a second event when he placed second in the individual men’s 10-meter platform. Just two American divers qualified for the event.
With 1,582.55 points over three rounds, McCrory finished just 59.85 points behind his diving partner in the synchronized 10-meter event, David Boudia. Boudia qualified for both the individual and synchronized 10-meter platform events for the 2008 Games in Beijing as well.
Although he would not be able to catch his diving partner, McCrory did not disappoint over his final three dives, topping 90 points on each. This stretch included a near-perfect fifth dive, a back 3 1/2 somersault tuck where McCrory received five perfect 10′s and just two scores of 9.5.
McCrory could become the second athlete in Duke history to earn multiple medals in the same Olympic Games. The first was swimmer Nancy Hogshead, who won three gold medals and a silver medal at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.
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