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USA Diving given second women's 3m spot for Rio Olympics

Abby Johnston and Kassidy Cook
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Live at 4:30p ET: Two 3m spots for Rio in play at U.S. Olympic Diving Trials

FINA awarded the U.S. a second quota spot for the women's individual 3m springboard competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

USA Diving annouced that FINA, the international governing body for diving, has awarded the U.S. a second quota spot for the women's individual 3m springboard competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

At the World Cup event in February, which served as a qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Kassidy Cook finished seventh to secure one quota spot for the U.S. In that same event, synchronized springboard 2012 silver medalist Abby Johnston finished 20th. After FINA reallocated other countries' unused spots, Johnston's finish earned another quota spot for the U.S.

Cook and Johnston are expected to battle for the spots at Trials, which conclude Sunday. Cook leads with 660.85 points over Johnston, who totaled 626.55 after the cumulative preliminary round and semifinal. Laura Ryan is in third place with 611.60.

"It's a tremendous relief to finally confirm what we expected all along — that Team USA secured a second individual Olympic spot," Johnston said. "It doesn't change the way I'll approach Sunday's competition because my goal is always to do my best, but I will sleep better tonight knowing that I officially completed the job I set out to do when I was in Rio in February."

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