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Two Divers Sue to be Selected to USA Olympic Team…..

  Laura Wilkinson and Jessica Livingston are in the process of a legal suit over the selection process of the Olympic Team as reported in an article in the Houston Chronicle….

July 17, 2008, 12:21AM
OLYMPICS
Divers challenge picks
Gold medalist Wilkinson joins Livingston in appeal

By DAVID BARRON
Houston Chronicle

2000 Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson and Woodlands Dive Team member Jessica Livingston, who were passed over last week for the U.S. Olympic team in women’s synchro platform diving, have asked an arbitrator to overturn the decision of a USA Diving selection committee and put them on the team for the Beijing Olympics next month.

A hearing on the complaint, filed Tuesday night with the American Arbitration Association, will be held Friday morning in Los Angeles.

The 10-page filing against the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Diving asks that Wilkinson and Livingston be placed on the team or that USA Diving be required to hold another competition to determine whether they or the team of Haley Ishimatsu and Mary Beth Dunnichay should compete in Beijing.

Ishimatsu and Dunnichay, who train at the federation’s training center in Indianapolis, the headquarters of USA Diving, were named to the team last week after they split four competitions with Wilkinson and Livingston at a selection camp in Knoxville, Tenn.

Even though Wilkinson and Livingston had a higher average score for the four lists, 329.88 to 327.32, a USA Diving selection committee picked the Ishimatsu-Dunnichay team because it had the best individual score (346.98) of the four rounds of dives and because it had a higher score under a formula known as “projected competition score,” according to the complaint.

Attorneys for Wilkinson and Livingston say in the complaint that USA Diving’s selection criteria are too broadly drawn to meet the standard required by the USOC for team selection proceedings. They also say the committee violated its own procedures and that the use of the projected competition score is a less effective means that the average score on which to base the selection process.

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