David Boudia earned his chance to go to the Olympics, while Christina Loukas narrowly missed out.
Boudia, who competed for Purdue University before gaining Olympic fame, easily earned a spot on Team USA with his synchronize 10m platform partner Nick McCrory. The second-place team trailed by more than 180 points, or the equivalent of two dives. They could have taken a round off and still easily made the team.
As lopsided as the men's victory was, the women's was close. Christina Loukas, who is from Chicago and whose family owns the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville, had a strong synchronized springboard run with her teammate Kassidy Cook. But they were edge out by Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant in the last dive of the event. Johnston and Bryant's dive won them an Olympic berth by 0.42 of a point.
But Loukas' drive to return to the Olympics is not over. She needs to take first or second at Sunday's springboard final and heading into the finals in second place. Boudia also has the chance to qualify as an individual in the men's 10m platform on Saturday.