Former University of Texas diver and seven-time NCAA champion, Troy Dumais, won his first Olympic medal Wednesday. Dumais and partner Kristian Ipsen won the bronze in the 3m synchronized diving competition at the Aquatics Centre.
The duo scored 86.70 on the sixth and final dive to clinch the bronze medal, as the pair finished with a total score of 446.70.
“We could not be happier for Troy,” said Texas Men’s and Women’s Diving Coach Matt Scoggin. “Troy had won medal after medal at every level of international diving, from World Championships to Pan American Games to World Cups. But there had always been one thing missing from his resume, an Olympic medal, and that’s what kept him in the game for all these years.”
Finally earning a medal in his fourth Olympiad, Dumais’ previous best finish in the event was placing fourth in his first Olympic appearance in 2000.
The diving duo’s fourth round dive vaulted them into the medal stand as they scored 90.09, executing a reverse 2 1/2 somersault on 1 1/2 twists. “This day and performance was all about hard work and finding a way to finally get on that medal platform. Everyone in Longhorn Nation and in the United States should be so proud of Troy,” said Scoggin.
Dumais will also compete in the individual 3m springboard competition, which gets underway Monday, Aug.6.
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