Incoming Freshman Rittenhouse 5th On 3-Meter At World Championships

July 21, 2009

USC incoming freshman Ariel Rittenhouse posted the best American finish at a World Championships in 15 years when she finished fifth on 3-meter at the 2009 FINA Worlds on Tuesday (July 21) in Rome.

Rittenhouse, from Santa Cruz, Calif., scored 335.10 points to post the first top 5 American finish since Karen Dalton in 1994.

Rittenhouse's best score came in the second round, earning 72 points on her reverse 2 ½, and was steady throughout all five rounds.

'I feel great. I dove really well, and with this being my first World Championships (individually), I couldn't be happier,' said Rittenhouse, who competed in the 2007 worlds in the synchronized 3-meter event. 'I really focused on what I learned in prelims and semis and kept to my routine.'

Rittenhouse will also compete in the 3-meter synchro Thursday and Friday (July 23-24).

Numerous Trojans will be competing in the swimming portion of the World Championships, July 26 through Aug. 2. They include 2008 Olympic gold medalists Rebecca Soni and Ous Mellouli (Tunisia), senior Zoltan Povazsay and sophomore Katinka Hosszu (both from Hungary), sophomore Ania Kowalczyk (Poland) and incoming freshman Richard Charlesworth (Great Britain). Former Trojan All-American Hayley McGregory also made the U.S. squad in the 100m back.

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