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Five women to watch at U.S. Olympic Diving Trials

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Diving sets the stage this weekend for three eventful weeks of U.S. Olympic Trials. Berths on the diving team headed to Rio will be awarded next week, and the squad will be known in full June 26.

Preliminary rounds take place each day in Indianapolis from Saturday through Tuesday, followed by finals June 22-26. Much of the action will be aired live on NBC, NBCSN and streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

U.S. divers qualified for Olympic berths in seven of eight events. They failed to secure a spot in the women’s synchronized springboard event, but will compete in men’s synchronized springboard and platform, men’s individual springboard and platform, women’s synchronized platform, and women’s individual springboard and platform.

Here are five women’s divers to watch at trials. Click here for the men.

Abby Johnston
Along with Kelci Bryant, Johnston captured the only diving medal among U.S. women in London, which snapped a drought that hadn’t seen any American females win a diving medal since Laura Wilkinson in 2000. Johnston and Bryant won silver in synchronized springboard – the event in which the U.S. did not earn a 2016 berth. While synchro is Johnston’s specialty, the Duke medical student was the top American in women’s individual springboard at the 2015 World Championships (21st in the preliminary round), and placed second in the event at last year’s Winter Nationals.

Kassidy Cook
The U.S. women are guaranteed one berth in individual springboard in Rio, and might be awarded a second depending on how FINA distributes some spots. Regardless, Cook could be the top American on springboard, which is saying something considering doctors once thought she might not dive competitively again. The 21-year-old Stanford student won both the Summer and Winter Nationals last year. Four years ago, she missed making the Olympic team by .42 of a point in synchronized springboard with Christina Loukas. Cook placed fourth in the individual event at the 2012 trials.

Amy Cozad
The favorite to claim one of two berths on women’s platform is Amy Cozad, who took the title at 2015 Winter Nationals. She placed sixth at Worlds last year, highest among U.S. women, and third at the 2012 trials, one spot away from an Olympic berth. Cozad, with Jessica Parratto, was also on the top U.S. women’s synchro platform team at Worlds. That duo took titles at both the Summer and Winter Nationals last year, too.

Jessica Parratto
Cozad’s partner in synchro, Parratto is Cozad’s top competitor in individual platform. Parratto was runner-up at the most recent Winter Nationals, the 2015 NCAA champion on platform while at Indiana, and finished 21st individually at 2015 Worlds. She’s the daughter of a former All-American diver at Wellesley College (her mom was her first diving coach) and turns 22 on the last day of trials. What a gift an Olympic berth would be.

Laura Ryan
Pushing Johnston and Cook on the springboard will be Ryan, the only other U.S. woman at 2015 Worlds with Johnston on springboard. Ryan placed 25th. She finished second at both the Summer and Winter Nationals in 2014, then placed third at the most recent winter event. She also competed in the synchro springboard event at Worlds – she and Johnston placed ninth – but was unable to help secure an Olympic berth in that event for the U.S.

MORE: Full NBC Olympic Trials broadcast schedule

Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Dan Hicks, Rowdy Gaines call backyard pool swim race

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Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines covered swimming together at the last six Olympics, including every one of Michael Phelps‘ finals, but they’ve never called a “race” quite like this.

“We heard you were looking for something to commentate during the down time….might this short short short course 100 IM help?” tweeted Cathleen Pruden, posting a video of younger sister Mary Pruden, a sophomore swimmer at Columbia University, taking individual medley strokes in what appeared to be an inflatable backyard pool.

“Hang on,” Gaines replied. “This race of the century deserves the right call. @DanHicksNBC and I are working some magic!”

Later, Hicks posted a revised video dubbed with commentary from he and Gaines.

They became the latest commentators to go beyond the booth to post calls on social media while sports are halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NBC Sports hockey voice Doc Emrick (who has also called Olympic hockey and water polo) did play-by-play of a windshield wiper installation.

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