Clark wins platform with Evans

June 13, 1993|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Staff Writer

ROCKVILLE -- It appeared that two Olympic medalists wer headed to victory in 10-meter platform diving events in the HTH Classic at the Montgomery Aquatic Center yesterday. Mary Ellen Clark had claimed the women's championship and Scott Donie had a 30-point lead with three dives left.

But while Donie compiled average scores, Pat Evans scored two 80-point dives in his last three to come back from fourth place to first.

"I didn't know what I needed," said Evans, 27, of Cincinnati. "If I count numbers, I get away from what I am supposed to do. My last three dives are typically my best."

Evans' best dive in that comeback, an inward 3 1/2 somersault, was his last and he accumulated 86.40 points and received three Evans finished with a winning score of 615.55, while Donie dropped to third, 8.25 points behind Evans. David Pichler finished second with 609.80.

"I felt like I had a big lead heading into the last round," said Donie, a 1992 Olympic silver medalist on the platform. "I didn't miss any of my dives, so I had no reason to think otherwise.

"This is one of the best diving events in the United States. It shows the depth of American diving. The top four scores were close to Olympic medal contention."

Clark, 30, and an Olympic bronze medalist in the platform, held the lead throughout the entire eight dives, but had to fight off a runner-up 14-year-old Jenny Keim of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in every round.

Clark, who also trains in Fort Lauderdale, opened her largest lead of 9.25 points after her fourth dive, but saw the margin drop to 4.40 before the last round.

Keim, one spot ahead of Clark in the diving order, hit an inward 3 1/2 somersault in her last dive to gain a 57-point advantage before Clark's final turn. Clark followed with a backward 1 1/2 somersault with a 2 1/2 twist, which scored 63 points, to give her a 401.80-395.20 victory.

This victory follows a sixth-place finish on the springboard for Clark one day earlier.

"I need to figure that out because I've been diving longer on springboard," Clark said. "[The springboard] is my next challenge."

Patty Armstrong placed third with an overall total of 391.05.

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