FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Montour's Cassidy Krug moved closer to making her first Olympic diving team when she finished first in the 3-meter springboard semifinals at the U.S. trials late Tuesday night.
Krug, who led after morning preliminaries, totaled 718.85 points and will take a 39.20-point lead over 2008 Olympian Christina Loukas into Saturday's final.
Loukas had 679.65 points, with scores from prelims carrying over to the semifinals. Kassidy Cook was third at 653.25, followed by Bianca Alvarez at 626.00.
Kelci Bryant was fifth at 610.70 in her bid to make a second consecutive Olympic team.
The top 12 women advanced to the final at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, south of Seattle. The two highest finishers earn berths in London.
Krug was in first throughout the five-dive semifinal. Her highest scoring dive came in the second round on a forward 3 1/2 somersaults that earned marks ranging from 8.0 to 8.5.
"I was still diving a little bit controlled for me," she said. "In the finals, I really want to let my body go. I can do a little cleaner entries and a little faster spins."
Krug quit the sport four years ago after finishing eighth at trials. The 26-year-old is the daughter of two diving coaches and went to Montour High School and then Stanford, where she was an All-American. Her father, Julian Krug, is the head diving coach at Pitt. Krug gave diving up for a year before returning in 2010. She's come on strong since, winning four national springboard titles, including this year's winter nationals.
Loukas finished fourth on springboard at last year's world championships in Shanghai, the best finish by an American woman at the meet since 1994, and was ninth in Beijing.
"[Tuesday] morning I was playing it a little safe and ended up not diving as well," she said. "Tonight I was going for it more and it worked."
Others making the final were Meili Carpenter, Summer Allman, Sarah Bacon, Samantha Pickens, Victoria Ishimatsu, Abby Johnston and Gracia Leydon-Mahoney.
Kristian Ipsen topped the preliminaries at the diving trials Wednesday, with his synchro partner Troy Dumais in second.
Ipsen totaled 511.90 points in the six-round competition. Dumais had 465.70.
Eighteen divers advanced to the evening semifinal. Scores carry over each round.
Ipsen took over the lead on his third dive and maintained it the rest of the way. He's seeking his first Olympic berth. The Stanford sophomore won a silver medal with Dumais in 3-meter synchro at the 2009 worlds in Rome.