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Two U.S. divers advance to 3-meter finals

August 16, 2008 | 11:24 am

Nancilea Foster practices in advance of competition at Beijing's National Aquautics Center.

U.S. divers Nancilea Foster and Christina Loukas finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in the women’s 3-meter springboard semifinals Saturday and will advanced to Sunday night’s finals at Beijing's National Aquatics Center. The top 12 semifinalists advance.

Foster, who was 11th after the preliminaries, scored 338.90 points in semifinal competition. Loukas finished with 329.10.

China’s Guo Jingjing, the 2004 Athens Games gold medalist, scored 398.55 points to lead the semifinal field. Athens bronze medalist Julia Pakhalina of Russia finished second with 383.50 points, and Athens silver medalist Wu Minxia of China was in third with 345.30 points.

Photo: Nancilea Foster practices in advance of competition at Beijing's National Aquatics Center on Aug. 4. Credit: Julian Abram Wainwright/European Pressphoto Agency