DGP 2013, Fort Lauderdale day 2: Troy Dumais (USA) takes third ahead of 3m final

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Murphy Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio) won her women’s platform semifinal to earn a spot in Sunday’s 10m finals and Olympic bronze medallist Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) secured a berth in the 3m finals with their performances Friday at the FINA Diving Grand Prix at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

The 17-year-old Bromberg scored 341.30 points to win the women’s 10m semifinal B ahead of China’s Jie Lian (330.50) and Japan’s Fuka Tatsumi (300.45), who also advanced.

Bromberg, a 2010 junior world bronze medallist, was competing in just her second senior international meet.

“I was just trying to dive. I’ve always struggled with being really nervous and not performing in meets like I do in practice, so I was just trying to calm down,” said Bromberg, who scored 84.15 points on her back 3.5 tuck in the second round of the semis.

China’s Huang Xiaohui, Ukraine’s Julia Prokopchuk and Germany’s Maria Kurjo qualified for the finals out of semifinal A.

Dumais scored 468.90 points for second place in the men’s 3m semifinal B to advance to the finals along with China’s He Chao (508.70) and Germany’s Sascha Klein (447.30).

“I was steady today, but I left some points on the board. I still haven’t mastered everything,” said Dumais.

“Today was one more step. As I get older, it gets harder, but I’m still pushing myself to be better and pushing our younger divers to be better.”

Mexico’s Rommel Pacheco and Jahir Ocampo were first and second in semifinal A, and China’s Sun Zhiyi also advanced to the finals.

(From USA Diving Press Release)