Loukas, Cardinell Shine at Italian Grand Prix

June 21, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University senior Christina Loukas picked up a pair of medals at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, June 17, in Rome, Italy. Hoosier alumna Cassandra Cardinell finished sixth in the platform at the event.

Loukas grabbed both her medals on the final day of competition, earning a silver medal in the women's three-meter synchro and a bronze in the one-meter. Loukas and Purdue's Amanda Miller finished with a score of 302.10, which finished just .42 points behind the gold-medal winning tandem of Italy's Francesca Dallape and Noemi Batki.

In the one-meter finals, Loukas finished with a score of 261.65 to place third. Italy's Maria Marconi took first with a 273.95, while China's Xinyi Yao was second at 270.40.

Cardinell earned a trip to the platform finals for the third straight time in 2007 Grand Prix action. The Loudonville, N.Y., native took sixth place with a score of 315.60, finishing just five points behind fourth-place Elina Eggers of Sweden. China's Cao Jingzhen took the gold with a score of 357.65.

Loukas and Miller debuted as a synchro team in international competition just one week prior to the Italian Grand Prix. In the FINA Grand Prix Comunidad de Madrid on June 10, the pair took second place in the three-meter synchro with a 290.70, this time finishing behind China's Li Ting and He Zi at 308.70.


Christina Loukas earned second-place finishes in a pair of three-meter synchronized diving events in Europe.