Loukas Advances to Finals in Women's 3m Springboard at World University Games

Will compete for a medal on Saturday

Aug. 16, 2007

BANGKOK - Christina Loukas (Riverwoods, Ill./Deerfield) will compete for a medal in the women's 3m springboard finals on Saturday at the World University Games, after finishing sixth in Thursday's semifinal. Loukas scored 313.80 points in the contest, which was interrupted by a brief power outage. Fellow U.S. semifinalist and a bronze medalist at these Games, Mary Yarrison finished 14th, and is a reserve for Saturday's finals competition.

Loukas strung together a consistent program in the semifinal, posting a low score of 55.80 and a high of 67.50. She earned the high score on her final dive of the night, a forward 2 1/2 somersault, 1 twist pike that bumped her from seventh to sixth place in the last round.

A trio of Olympians claimed the top three spots in the semifinal. China's Ting Li (359.45) was first, followed by Mexico's Paola Milagros Espinosa (341.70) and Laura Sanchez (339.70).

Earlier this week, Loukas competed in the 1m event where she finished fifth in semifinal B and did not advance to the final round. Also competed in Bangkok is IU alum Jesse Rappaport. Rappaport was 20th in the 3m spring board preliminaries with a score of 361.20, and 15th in the 1m springboard prelims (320.35).


Christina Loukas is the only American competing in the 3m springboard final at the World University Games.