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Kristian Ipsen, Michael Hixon qualify for Rio Olympics; Troy Dumais misses history

Ipsen, Hixon grab springboard spots; Dumais misses making fifth Olympics

Kristian Ipsen and Michael Hixon qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, while Troy Dumais misses out on making history.

Kristian Ipsen and Michael Hixon qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the men’s individual 3m springboard by placing in the top two at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials on Saturday in Indianapolis. Ipsen, who won a bronze medal with Troy Dumais in the synchronized 3m springboard, will compete individually for the first time on an Olympic stage in Rio.

Kristian Ipsen won with 1452.75 points, accumulated through the preliminary, semifinal and final rounds. With 1385.95 points, Hixon was good enough for second and earned a berth on the 2016 Olympic team.

Hixon badly missed his reverse three and a half, but analyst Cynthia Potter described his next round’s forward four and a half as a “rebound” – scoring 91.20 points. He'll compete both individual and synchronized 3m springboard in Rio.

Dumais finished in fourth with 1287.40 points, missing his chance to become the first U.S. male on five Olympic teams. He never finished lower than sixth in four appearances (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012) and earned his first and only medal, a bronze, with Ipsen in 2012.

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