Chicago native joins Olympians in Friday's 3-meter final
Aug. 15, 2007
By Jamie Fabos
World University Games Press Officer
BANGKOK, Thailand - Purdue University junior Zach Schultz (Chicago, Ill.) advanced to the finals in the 3m springboard at the 2007 World University Games this afternoon, posting a score of 390.75 to finish 11th in the semifinals.
Schultz executed a consistent program, with all six of his semifinal dives scoring between 60 and 70 points. His high score came with his fifth dive, a reverse 2 ½ somersault, 1 ½ twists pike, good for 70 points.
Schultz will be diver number two in the finals competition, set for Friday, August 18 at 10 a.m. local time.
Two Olympic gold medalists topped the semifinal today. China's Yutong Luo ranked first in the semifinal with 494.10 points while teammate and defending Olympic champion in this event Bo Peng was second with 482.70. The duo also went 1-2 in the preliminary competition earlier today. Illya Kvasha of the Ukraine was third with a semifinal score of 443.20.
Three U.S. divers entered this morning's 3m springboard preliminary, with Zach Schultz (Chicago, Ill. / Purdue) being the only diver to advance. Schultz scored 375.50 to move on as the number 15 seed.
U.S. teammate Jesse Rappaport (Glassboro, N.J. / Indiana) missed the semifinal cut by just .20 points, with a score of 361.20. Rappaport was barely edged out by Australia's Grant Nel, who earned the advantage in the final round, scoring 56.10 to Rappaport's 54.40.
Terrence Horner (Longwood, Fla. Florida State) finished out of contention in 29th place with 349.10 points