Mark Lenzi showed that even when he doesn't feel quite right, he's still good enough to beat the nation's best springboard divers.
Lenzi, the Olympic gold medalist on the 3-meter springboard, finished first in Thursday's preliminaries in that event at the U.S. Olympic Festival."The heat here really drains me," said Lenzi, who also talked of fatigue after winning the 1-meter springboard gold Wednesday night. "As the day went on, I woke up. I drank a lot of water and finally came around."
Lenzi, of Ann Arbor, Mich., finished with 624.87 points to finish ahead of Scott Donie of Houston, who had 612.12. Two-time defending champion Mark Bradshaw of Columbus, Ohio, wound up third with 604.23.
The top 12 finishers advanced to the finals Saturday night.
There are two U.S. boxing champions who won't be advancing to the finals. Abayomi Miller of Toledo, Ohio, and Hector Colon of Milwaukee lost semifinal bouts at 132 and 147 pounds, respectively.
The judges' electronic scoring had Miller losing 33-30 to national Golden Gloves champion Danny Rios of San Antonio. Colon lost 33-20 to another Golden Gloves champ, David Reid of Philadelphia.
The only other U.S. champion on the card Thursday night, Aristead Clayton of Baker, La., was able to advance. He beat Eddie Hall of the U.S. Army 37-20.
Local boxing fans saw the career of San Antonio heavyweight Javier Alvarez come to an end. The 31-year-old Alvarez - oldest fighter in the tournament - lost 21-15 to Damon Saulberry of St. Louis in the 201-pound class.
Eileen Richetelli of Stanford was injured during afternoon warmups for the women's 10-meter platform diving when she missed a dive and landed on her back. She suffered bruises to her neck and back and withdrew from the festival.
The leader after the preliminaries was Patty Armstrong of The Woodlands, Texas, with 365.97 points.
Men's gymnastics got under way with Richard Grace of the University of Nebraska winning the all-around gold medal.
The festival's track and field competition lost two of its biggest names when Olympic gold medalists Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Mike Stulce withdrew with injuries.