Troy Dumais

Olympic Rundown: August 2

A quick look at current and former Longhorns competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, updated throughout the games.

 

August 2:

 

- Kevin Durant scored 14 points and handed out six assists in Team USA's 156-73 win over Nigeria. Yes, you read that right. Durant was 4-for-7 from three-point range. Team USA returns to the court Saturday against Lithuania at 8:30 a.m., central time.

 

August 1:

 

- Troy Dumais, a seven-time NCAA champion, captured his first Olympic medal Wednesday, picking up the bronze in the 3m synchornized diving with partner Kristian Ipsen.

 

“It was so great to see him today, in his fourth Olympiad at the age of 32, perform with Kristian (Ipsen) at this high level and win a bronze medal,” Texas men's and women's diving coach Matt Scoggin said in a statement. “This day and performance was all about hard work and finding a way to finally get on that medal platform. Everyone in Longhorn Nation and in the United States should be so proud of Troy.”


- Kathleen Hershey swam a career-best 2:05.78 in the 200m butterfly to finish in fourth-place, a bit of a "disappointment" considering she clocked the top time in Tuesday's semifinal heats.


- Destinee Hooker continues her roll with the U.S. women's volleyball team, now 3-0 after a sweep of China. Hooker leads the women's competition in kills (58) and poinst (66) and holds a 5.27 kills-per-set average.


“Destinee is playing lights-out volleyball right now,” Texas head volleyball coach Jerritt Elliott said in a statement. “She is playing with a lot of confidence and dominating on the court.”


July 31:


- Kevin Durant recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as Team USA beat Tunisia 110-63 in the second game of Preliminary Round Groupu A action Tuesday night.


- Ricky Berens earned his second relay gold as part of the winning 4x200m freestyle relay team for the United States.


July 29:


- Brendan Hansen earned a bronze medal in the 100m breastroke Sunday, finishing in 59.49 seconds. Hansen came out of retirement in 2011.


- Rickky Berens and Jimmy Feigen also medaled, receiving silver for their participation in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
 

Brendan Hansen kneels as he celebrates his win in the men's 100-meter breaststroke final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

Photo Credit: The Associated Press

Although the 2012 United States Olympic Trials are still in full swing, many Longhorns have already qualified to make the trip to London in three different sports.

In diving, former Longhorn Troy Dumais qualified for his fourth Olympic Games last week in Federal Way, Washington in two events. Dumais and his partner Kristian Ipsen from Stanford took first in the men’s 3-meter synchronized springboard event to qualify. On the last day of the diving trials, Dumais finished second in the individual 3-meter springboard to earn his spot on Team USA.

In Eugene, Ore. at the track and field trials, Sanya Richards-Ross has qualified for her third Olympic Games in two events, the 200- and 400-meter races. This is the first time in her career that she has qualified for two different events. Richards-Ross won gold in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008 for her part in the 4x400 meter relay. She also took home bronze in Beijing in the 400-meter individual event.

Richards-Ross will be joined in London by Trey Hardee in the decathlon and Michelle Carter in shot put. This will be Hardee’s second trip to the Olympics after finishing fourth in the decathlon in 2008. Carter has also qualified for her second career Olympics. She finished fifteenth in Beijing in shot put.

Marquise Goodwin, a starter on the Longhorns’ football team, finished first place in the men’s long jump event with a jump of 8.33 meters, a personal best to qualify for the Olympic team.

Several Longhorns have already qualified for Team USA in the pool, with several more attempting to make the team by the time trials end on July 2.

Former Longhorn Ricky Berens qualified for his second Olympics in the 400- and 800-meter freestyle relays. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Berens won gold in the 800-meter freestyle relay along with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay. Berens swam the third leg for the record-setting team. Berens came in third in his final heat on the 200-meter freestyle, missing the qualifying mark by just 0.81 seconds.

Brendan Hansen qualified for the 100-meter breaststroke with a second-place finish ahead of Longhorn Aquatics teammate Eric Shanteau, who also qualified for the Olympics. This will be Hansen’s second trip to the Summer Games. Hansen has four medals to his name, including a gold for his participation on the 800-meter freestyle relay with Berens.

Kathleen Hersey, who competed for the Longhorns for two years before turning professional with Longhorn Aquatics, placed second in the 200-meter butterfly to qualify for her second Olympic Games. Hersey narrowly missed qualifying in the 100-meter butterfly event by finishing in third place.

Jimmy Feigen is the new Olympian on the swim team for the Longhorns. Feigen qualified for the relay team with a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle event and will be attempting to qualify for 50-meter race as well.

Kristian Ipsen, left, and Troy Dumais start a dive in the men’s 3-meter synchronized springboard final at the U.S. Olympic diving trials on June 22 in Federal Way, Wash. The pair won the event, and will join 14 additional divers from eight nations in search of a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. (Courtesy of the Associated Press)

A veteran on the diving board, Troy Dumais uses age and experience as an advantage when he steps up to the 3-meter platform to perform a dive.

The 32 year-old Texas alumni is one of the oldest competitors aiming to bring home a medal as he heads to London for his fourth consecutive Olympic Games.

Dumais is only the second American to qualify four times, but he is the first American to actually make the trip.

“It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve been to the Olympics,” Dumais said. “It’s the idea of the hard work.”

This past week, Dumais qualified at the US Olympic diving trials in Federal Way, Wash. Dumais, along with Stanford diver Kristian Ipsen, took first place in the synchronized 3-meter springboard event, narrowly edging out Longhorn Drew Livingston.

With the win, Dumais became one of the first Longhorns to qualify for the trip to London. Dumais also qualified for the individual 3-meter springboard event with a second place finish at the trials.

On the national level, Dumais has a vast collection of hardware from many Pan American Games, world cups, world championships and other national meets. For the Longhorns, Dumais was a seven-time individual NCAA Champion.

“Being a part of the Longhorn family is truly unique,” Dumais said. “And then to qualify for the Olympics representing and being Longhorn, that’s an even greater achievement.”

At his fourth games, Dumais hopes to live up to personal pressure and expectations and finally bring home a medal. Doing so would make him the first of his siblings to bring home an Olympic medal. Dumais is joined on the diving board by two brothers, Justin and Dwight. Justin, an Olympian from the 2004 games, is attempting to qualify for his second games while Dwight is hoping to qualify for his first.

“Growing up, I did watch the Olympics,” Dumais said. “I just wanted to be a part of it ... this will be my fourth one, and going for my fifth one to qualify and it doesn’t get easier, but still to this day I can’t even describe the feelings and emotions that are involved. There are no words.”

Even after 16 years of competing on the big stage, the meaning of it all still has not escaped Dumais. Over the past several decades, the United States has established itself as one of the perennial powers in the pool. In 2008, the US Olympic team came home with 31 medals, 12 of them gold. The last time the United States did not lead the medal count was in 1988, when it was edged out by East Germany.

“Representing Team USA — you’re the top 1 percent of athletes in the United States,” Dumais said. “It’s an amazing feat. Just to wear the colors and be with the other top athlete — that’s their goal, that’s their dream and the atmosphere it creates is a phenomenal feat.”

So after so many years, how does he do it?

“It’s all mental,” Dumais said. “I mean if you walk up on the board knowing that you are going to do everything fine, chances are you’re going to do everything fine. There are just trillions and trillions of things that could go wrong and you have to have the utmost confidence.”

 

Day five is underway at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials for diving in Federal Way, Wash. Several past, present, and future Longhorns have been competing this week for a spot on the Olympic roster.

Tonight, junior Maren Taylor will be competing alongside future Longhorn Meghan Houston in the final round of the 3-meter synchronized springboard event. Taylor and Houston enter the finals seated eighth overall; only one pair will travel to London for this event.

Taylor competed in the preliminary round of the 3-meter individual springboard event on Tuesday. After a poor first dive, Taylor registered four solid outings but was unable to work her way into the semifinal round.

“Maren started with a front 3 1/2 and had a nightmare hurdle, but she hit all of her next four dives great,” Texas diving coach Matt Scoggin said. “The good news is that her back is healthy and she still has her synchro final on Thursday.”

Brothers, and former Longhorns, Troy and Justin Dumais will dive in the finals for the 3-meter individual springboard event on Sunday. They will be joined by their brother, Stanford alum Dwight Dumais.

Troy Dumais is a three-time Olympian with the US diving team.

Former Longhorn Drew Livingston, who graduated this past May, also competed in the 3-meter individual springboard but was unable to advance out of the semifinal round after falling six spots to 17th overall.

Livingston and Troy Dumais will be competing in the final round of the 3-meter synchronized springboard event on Friday. Dumais and his partner sit in first place, followed closely by Livingston in second. Justin and Dwight Dumais will also compete in the finals in fourth place.

Sunday is the final day of the diving trials. The USA Olympic Swimming Trials will begin on June 25th in Omaha, Neb.

Outside the United States, former Longhorn Susana Escobar was named to the Mexican Olympic Team. This will be her second Olympics with the swim team. Escobar will compete in the 800 freestyle event in London and logged the top time in Mexico this year with a time of 8:42.45, one of only two women to break the nine minute mark.

Diving trials started Sunday for membership on the U.S. Olympic team that will travel to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. Junior Maren Taylor, senior Drew Livingston and former Longhorn Troy Dumais competed in the first round of the trials in Federal Way, Washington.

Taylor, who had been inactive for the past year due to a dislocated elbow, made finals in the synchronized 3-meter springboard event Sunday afternoon. Taylor and her diving partner, future Longhorn Meghan Houston, posted a sixth place finish in prelims. They followed up with an eighth place finish in the semifinals, just enough to earn them a finals berth. They will compete in the finals on Thursday.

Taylor will also compete individually in the 3-meter springboard event today.

On Monday, both Livingston and Dumais also competed in the synchronized 3-meter springboard event. Livingston, who competed with former Olympian Chris Colwill, finished first in prelims with Dumais and his partner, Kristian Ipsen from Stanford, finishing second. Dumais and Ipsen then had a successful semifinal and will go into Saturday’s final round in first place, slightly edging Livingston and Colwill who are in second.

Dumais is joined at the Olympic Trials by older brothers Justin and Dwight Dumais. Both Justin and Dwight are former Olympians in the synchronized 3-meter event and are entering the Saturday’s final round in fourth place.

Livingston, along with all three of the Dumais brothers, will compete individually in the 3-meter springboard event on Wednesday.

He may be older than most divers, but Texas alumnus Troy Dumais is not ready to quit. Although his successful college career has been over for a long time, Dumais is still dominating in the pool.

The 31-year-old from California recently qualified to represent the United States at the 2011 Fina World Championships in Shanghai, China, at the end of July. Dumais will be competing in both the individual and synchronized three-meter springboard events.

While in college, Dumais had a lock on both the one-meter and three-meter springboard events. During his four years at Texas, from 1999 to 2002, he claimed the individual three-meter championship at the NCAA Division I championship meet each year. He also won the individual one-meter championship three out of four years.

His success reached national and international levels even before he came to Texas. As a junior diver, he set the record for most junior titles with 19, a record he still holds. Dumais was named the USA Diving’s Athlete of the Year in 1997 and again in 2006.

Now the three-time Olympian, who still trains with Texas diving head coach Matt Scoggin, is looking to take a trip to London for the 2012 Olympic Games.