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Purdue diver qualifies for his first Olympic Games

Purdue's USA Diving and NCAA champion Brandon Loschiavo qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team at the Olympic Diving Trials in Indianapolis Saturday.
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United States' Brandon Loschiavo competes during the semifinals of the men's 10m platform diving competitions at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Friday, July 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

INDIANAPOLIS — A Purdue University diver has punched his ticket to Tokyo for his first Olympic Games. 

Purdue's USA Diving and NCAA champion Brandon Loschiavo will join the U.S. Olympic Team at the Tokyo Olympics.

Loschiavo qualified for the games on Saturday during the Olympic Diving Trials. He will compete in the 10-meter.

Loschiavo was an elite and consistent performer Tuesday through the afternoon preliminary and evening semifinal. 

He led the competition by 50 points on Tuesday. His list score in the prelim was his best since the 2019 NCAA Zone C Championships. 

The 2021 NCAA champion had an average round score of 81 in the prelim and 78 in the final, capping his remarkable performance with a big score of 94.35 on his forward 4 ½. He also reached 90 points on his final dive of the prelim.

On Saturday he picked right up where he left off by receiving four scores of 80 or more. 

Also Saturday, Krysta Palmer earned a second spot on the U.S. Olympic diving team, finishing first in women’s 3-meter springboard. Palmer and partner Alison Gibson earlier made the team in women’s 3-meter synchro. 

Hailey Hernandez took the second spot in the 3-meter individual competition on Saturday night. 

Jordan Windle finished second to Loschiavo in the 10-meter with 1,401.40 points to also earn a spot in Tokyo.

A Purdue All-America swimmer, Nikola Aćin, also cemented his status as the program's first swimmer to qualify for the Olympic Games since 2004.

Aćin will swim with Serbia's 4x100 freestyle relay team officially ranked among the top 16 in the world.

Aćin anchored Serbia's 4x100 team to a time of 3:13.73 at the European Aquatic Championships, a mark that held up as 15th best internationally through the May 31 cutoff date.

Three IU Hoosier divers are also heading to Tokyo for the Olympic Games.

Andrew Capobianco, Michael Hixon and Jessica Parratto qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team at the Diving Trials Friday evening.

Parratto, a 2019 Indiana University graduate, will head to her second Olympics as part of a synchronized 10-meter platform team with Delaney Schnell. Parratto finished seventh in the synchronized 10-meter and tenth in the individual 10-meter events at the Rio Olympics in 2016. 

   

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