FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen took control over the last two rounds and built a 27.33-point lead in 3-meter synchro at the U.S. Olympic diving trials on Monday night, ahead of Brandon's Chris Colwill.
Dumais is trying to book a spot in the London Games, which start next month, and join Greg Louganis as the only American man to make four Olympic teams. He and Ipsen totaled 876.00 points through the preliminaries and semifinals to advance to Friday's final.
Dumais got sick a week ago and was tested for strep throat. "There's never a right time to be sick, but sometimes it can help you," he said in a strained voice.
Colwill, a 2008 Olympian and former high school standout at Tampa Prep, and partner Drew Livingston were second at 849.33 after edging Dumais and Ipsen in the prelims.
"I don't think anybody gave us any chance in this event, but we had two good lists," Livingston said. "We've underperformed at nationals. These guys (Dumais and Ipsen) have world experience."
David Bonuchi and Michael Hixon were third at 779.28. Justin and Dwight Dumais were chasing their brother, Troy, in fourth place.
Late Sunday, Nick McCrory and David Boudia dominated the early rounds in 10-meter synchro. They led by 114.84 points at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, south of Seattle. McCrory seeks his first Olympics, while Boudia is going for his second. Toby Stanley and Steele Johnson were second at 805.02, while Johnson was third with a different partner, Dashiell Enos, at 782.16. Scores carry over to Thursday's final.
Today's slate includes preliminaries in the women's 3-meter springboard and men's 10-meter platform.
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FACEBOOK SPOT: Facebook launched an official London Games page for fans to connect with athletes and teams, a move it says can help make this summer's games the first "truly social" one. Many athletes — as well as London organizers — already connect with their fans on the online social network, but Facebook says its "Discover London 2012" page brings together the profile pages of hundreds of athletes, national teams, and official organizing bodies to make them more accessible to its 900 million users. The page is available in 22 languages.
TICKETS: Greek and Serbian Olympic officials denied they were involved in selling tickets to the Games on the black market. The International Olympic Committee is investigating allegations in Britain's Sunday Times that officials and ticket agents in several countries were caught selling tickets for up to 10 times their face value. The Olympic committees of both nations denied wrongdoing.