July 29, 2012
Gophers diver Kelci Bryant (2009-11) and partner Abby Johnston won the Olympic silver medal in women's synchronized 3-meter diving Sunday at London's Aquatic Centre.
China won gold with 346.20 points, followed by the U.S. with 321.90 and Canada with 316.80.
The medal was Team USA's first in the 12-year Olympic history of synchronized diving, which debuted at the 2000 Syndney games.
A two-time NCAA champion, Bryant won the 2010 NCAA title on the 3-meter springboard and the 2011 title on the 1-meter board for the Gophers. The four-time career All-American and four-time Big Ten champion owns school records in both 1-meter (370.30) and 3-meter (421.70) events. Bryant was a U.S. Olympian in 2008 (synchronized 3-meter springboard), finishing fourth in Beijing.
Bryant took a sabbatical from the University of Minnesota in 2011-12 to train for Olympic competition. She and teammate Johnston won the 3-meter event at the Olympic trials.
Bryant spent her freshman year at Miami before transferring to Minnesota for her sophomore season in 2009. She and Johnston finished fourth in London at February's World Cup and medaled in three subsequent diving World Series events. Click here to read her full Minnesota bio.
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