Christina Loukas of Riverwoods still is in good position to make her second straight Olympic team going into Saturday afternoon’s 3-meter springboard finals in the U.S. trials at Federal Way, Wash.
But she was crushed by a close defeat in Thursday night's sychronized synchro final.
Loukas, who now trains in Woodlands, Tex, stands second going into the final six dives of the individual event. The top two make the Olympic team.
After the semifinals, Cassidy Krug of Corapolis, Pa., built a 39.2-point lead over Loukas, who, in turn, leads Kassidy Cook of Woodlands by 26.4.
Loukas, who finished ninth in individual springboard at the 2008 OIympics, teamed with Cook to finish second in synchro springboard. Only the synchro winners, Abby Johnston and two-time Olympian Kelci Bryant of Chatham, Ill., go to the London Summer Games.
Loukas and Cook outscored the winners on every dive in the finals but wound up losing by a nearly infinitesimal margin of less than one point of totals that were near 1,000. The final score was 956.40 to 9:55.98.
"We're devastated," Loukas said in a statement to USA Diving. "Kass and I fought to the end and I'm happy we could put the pressure on them. They handled it well and they deserve to go."
Bryant, 23, and former partner Ariel Rittenhouse finished fourth in synchro at the 2008 Olympics.
Loukas, 26, of Deerfield High School, was a three-time Big Ten diver of the year at Indiana.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times