Ariel Rittenhouse won’t be in London

Ariel Rittenhouse of Santa Cruz performs a dive in the finals of the women’s 3-meter springboard at the U.S. Olympic diving trials in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 21, 2008. Rittenhouse failed to make it out of the preliminary round on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Ariel Rittenhouse won’t be returning to the Olympics this year.
The Santa Cruz diver who finished fourth in the women’s synchronized 3-meter event in Beijing in 2008 finished 31st and last Tuesday in the preliminary round of the individual 3-meter springboard event at the U.S. Olympic diving trials.
Rittenhouse, 21, was trying to make an improbable push for London 2012 on less than a year’s training. She quit diving midway through her sophomore season at USC before finding a kindred spirit in Florida State coach Patrick Jeffrey. She transferred to FSU and started training under Jeffrey, an Olympian in 1988 and 1996, in the fall.
In an interview with the Sentinel on Monday, Jeffrey said he expects Rittenhouse’s return to the top to require a longer time line than she followed to the 2012 trials. Jeffrey suggested she may follow his path and try for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Rittenhouse would have had to finish among the top 18 to reach the afternoon’s semifinal. There, she would have to have a top-12 cumulative score to move onto the final. The two divers with the highest cumulative scores earn Olympic berths.
Rittenhouse struggled throughout the preliminary round, however, aborting an incorrect dive in the third round and hitting the water with a thud in the fourth round. She finished with a five-dive score of 180.70 points.
Stanford diver Cassidy Krug scored 359.40 in the prelims and led the event by 37.55 points over 2008 Olympian Christina Loukas [321.85].
Bianca Alvarez was third at 312.50, followed by Kassidy Cook at 300.15 and Abby Johnston in fifth at 293.60.
Kelci Bryant, who teamed with Rittenhouse in the Beijing Olympics, was eighth.
Beth Harris of the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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