May 17, 2015
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — University of Iowa diver Addison Boschult and former UI standout Deidre Freeman completed day-three competition at the 2015 FINA World Championship Trials on Sunday inside Indiana University’s Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Freeman competed off the 3-meter springboard and dove to a second-place finish, posting a three-day score of 853.30. Boschult finished fifth overall off the platform, diving to a score of 885.20.
Freeman, a Grinnell, Iowa, native, opened Friday’s competition and got off to a bumpy start on the 3-meter, settling in 10th-place after day one. She battled back on Saturday and leaped into third with a day-two score of 316.50. Her final round of 295.65 on Sunday was enough to climb an additional spot and secure the second-place finish. Former University of Georgia diver Laura Ryan took home first with a score of 891.25.
“Deidre got off to a rough start on Friday but she kept battling on Saturday and Sunday and really showed her competitive edge,” said UI diving coach Todd Waikel. “Going from 10th to second was a testament of the fight she has in her and it just goes to show how well she can battle.
“When she got in to her second set, she settled in and nailed it. I was impressed with her ability to regain her focus and get back into it as well as she did.”
Boschult held seventh-place positions the first two days following his opening-round score of 291.90, and second-round mark of 288.60. The Omaha, Nebraska, native climbed into fifth with his day-three score of 304.70 — his best showing of the weekend. Olympic gold medalist David Boudia won the event, diving to a score of 1,544.05.
“Addison went against some of the top competitors in the world this weekend and I’m proud of the way he competed,” said Waikel. The talent he went up against was unbelievable and to secure a fifth-place finish was outstanding.”