Brandon Loschiavo advances to Tokyo Olympics on the 10 meter platform

Purdue alumnus Brandon Loschiavo put together another strong showing on the tower to win the 10-meter diving competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, qualifying for the Olympic Games for the first time in his career.

Posted: Jun 12, 2021 9:49 PM

INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue alumnus Brandon Loschiavo put together another strong showing on the tower to win the 10-meter diving competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, qualifying for the Olympic Games for the first time in his career.

Loschiavo finished with a three-list total of 1421, winning the competition by 19.6 points and clinching his spot on Team USA by 142.5 points over third place. Jordan Windle (1401.4) also qualified for the Olympic Games with his second-place showing in the event.

Loschiavo joins David Boudia and Steele Johnson as Purdue divers to qualify for the Olympic Games. Boudia will go for his fourth career Olympic bid in Sunday's 3-meter final, entering the day with a 16-point lead on third place. Purdue alumnus Mark Virts was also an Olympic diving qualifier in 1980 before the U.S. boycott.

In March, Loschiavo also joined Boudia and Johnson among Purdue's NCAA champions. Now he continues the program's 10-meter legacy at the Olympic Games. A Boilermaker will represent Team USA on the tower for the fourth consecutive Olympics dating back to Boudia's debut in 2008.

Incoming Boilermakers Tyler Downs (1207.30) and Jordan Rzepka (1127.40) finished fifth and eighth Saturday. Rising senior Ben Bramley (1066), a silver medalist in the event at the NCAA Championships this year, placed 12th. Downs will compete again Sunday in the 3-meter final, erring the day just 4.3 points behind second place and an Olympic bid.

Loschiavo entered Saturday with a 128.9-point lead on third place after posting list scores of 486.35 (prelim) and 470.25 (semifinal) Tuesday. Both marks were the best among the field. His first five dives Saturday all earned scores of at least 80 and his consistency served him well. His final dive of the night produced a score of 44.4 as his only miss of the three lists of competition, keeping him from potentially reaching the 500-point mark Saturday. His list score Saturday was 464.40.

in 2016, Boudia was victorious on 10-meter at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials with a three-list total of 1534.40, winning the event by 59.25 points and clinching his Olympic bid by 71.25 points. He also won by 59 points at the 2012 trials en route to winning gold in the event at the Olympic Games later that summer.

Loschiavo will return to Tokyo for the second time this year after representing the U.S. in 10-meter synchro at the FINA Diving World Cup in May. He was also an individual 10-meter qualifier at the 2019 FINA World Championships in South Korea after winning the event at the USA Diving Senior National Championships in May of that year. Saturday Loschiavo completed the championship trifecta – USA Diving national champion, NCAA national champion and Olympic – doing it with another victory on the tower.

Loschiavo is also a three-time Big Ten champion on 10-meter, becoming just the fourth men's diver to accomplish the feat since the league added the event to its championship meet in 1988. Boudia also won it three times.

Rising senior Maggie Merriman also competes Sunday in the women's 10-meter final on the final day of diving's U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Action begins at 6:30 p.m. ET live on NBC.

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