Former Hoosier diver Loukas zeroing in on second Olmpics appearance

The road to London just got a little shorter for former IU diver Christina Loukas.

The former All-American and 2009 NCAA Champion scored 317.46 points in the women’s three-meter springboard semifinals Wednesday and sits in second place heading into Saturday’s finals at the USA Diving Olympic Trials, held at the Weyerhauser Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

The top two finishers in the event will make the U.S. Olympic team.

“I was really happy with the semifinal,” Loukas told USA Diving Wednesday. “I think I handled everything well. I was playing it safe this morning. I was more aggressive and confident this evening, and it worked. I’m going to stick to that for finals.”

Loukas is six dives away from making her second Olympic team, scoring a total of 679.65 points heading into the finals. She is 39.20 points behind leader Cassidy Krug.

Loukas was in second after the preliminary round with a score of 321. 85 and trailed Krug by 37.55 points heading into the semifinal round.

IU Junior Conor Murphy also competed in the Trials yesterday, placing 19th in the men’s platform preliminaries with a score of 270.50.

The Trials continue through June 24.

--Joe Popely

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