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    The United States diving team for the Munich Olympics was selected over the weekend (30 July) in trials at Park Ridge in Illinois.

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    LV Janet Ely doing backward dive into pool

    SV Crowd

    LV Cindy Potter forward dive

    SV Micki King, forward dive

    LV Craig Lincoln dives from three-metre board, back somersault

    SV Mike Finneran triple backward somersault dive PAN to judges showing score

    SCU David Bush in backward dive

    GV PAN..from diving board to pool


    LV Dick Rydze backward dive

    SV Judges with score

    SV Rick Early dives

    JONNY MORRIS: "Eighteen year-old Janet Ely won a spot on the Olympic diving team with a first-place finish in the ten-metre tower competition. The qualifications were held over the weekend in Park Ridge, Illinois. Miss Ely also placed third in the three-metre event. second place in the tower diving went to twenty-one-year-old Cindy Potter of Dallas, a student at Indiana University who holds fifteen national titles.

    She was the top qualifier in the three-metre competition and the same three girls swept both events. The third woman on the team, Micki King of Long Beach, California, who is the only member of the '72 squad that competed in Mexico City four years ago.

    In men's diving, on the three-metre board, the winner, 21-year-old Craig Lincoln of Hopkins, Minnesota. Lincoln scored 603 points, believed to be the first time anyone had bettered 600 in the trials. Second place went to 22-year-old Mike Finneran of Columbus, Ohio. Finneran then came back to finish second off the ten-metre tower, the only diver to qualify in both events in the men's competition. He totalled 598 points seven. The surprise member of the team, 21-year-old Dave Bush of Madison, Wisconsin. Bush rallied to take third place in the three-metre competition. His sister Lesley won a gold medal in diving ink the '64 Olympics ink Tokyo. Sixty-three of the nation's finest divers took part in the trials before a sell-out crowd. The ten-metre tower diving in men's competition went about as expected. The winner - 22-year-old Dick Rydze Pittsburgh, a graduate of Michigan. Rydze has won five national titles in this event. The eighth and final member of the team, third placed finisher off the tower, 27-year-old Rick Early of Fresno, a schoolteacher. Now it's the swimmers turn in Chigaco with the trials beginning Wednesday.

    Johnny Morris, NBC News.

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    Background: The United States diving team for the Munich Olympics was selected over the weekend (30 July) in trials at Park Ridge in Illinois.

    Only one of the team of eight -- Micki King of California -- competed in the 1968 Mexican Olympics.

    The remaining two women team members are Janet Ely, aged 18 and Cindy Potter, aged 21, from Texas.

    The five men to represent America in the Olympic diving events are Craig Lincoln, aged 21, of Minnesota; Mike Finneran, aged 22 of Ohio; David Bush, aged 21, of Wisconsin; Dick Rydze, aged 22 of Pennsylvania and Rick Early, aged 27, of California.

    SYNOPSIS: An eighteen-year-old girl from California, Janet Ely, topped the American diving trials last weekend to win a place in the team for Munich. She won the ten-metre event and came third off the three-metre board.

    In second place in the tower diving, Cindy Potter from Dallas, a twenty-one-year-old University student who holds fifteen national titles.

    The third woman in the team is Micki King, of California, the only one in the squad to compete in the Mexico Olympics four years ago
    In the men's three-metre event, Craig Lincoln, aged twenty-one, of Minnesota, scored six-hundred and three points -- thought to be the first American to better six-hundred points in Olympic trials.

    A triple backward somersault earned Mike Finneran of Columbus, Ohio, second place in the tower dive. Finneran also came second in the three-metre dive, the only competitor to qualify in both events.

    David Bush, a twenty-one-year-old from Wisconsin, was the surprise selection. Bush -- whose sister Lesley won a diving gold modal at the Tokyo Games -- gained third place in the three-metre event.

    Sixty-three of America's top divers took part in the Olympic trials before a large crowd at Park Ridge, Illinois.

    The ten-metre tower diving competition was won as expected by Dick Rydze, aged twenty-two, of Pittsburgh. Rydze holds five American tower-diving titles.

    Rydze was pressed for his win off the high board by Rick Early, a twenty-seven-year-old school teacher from Fresno in California.

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