Katie Bell Secures Spot on Olympic Team
June 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State diver Katie Bell will be representing the United States at the 2012 London Olympics after securing a spot on the 11-member squad with a second-place finish in the finals of the women’s 10-meter platform Sunday afternoon at the Olympic Trials in Federal Way, Wash. The Columbus, Ohio, native, Bell finished with 1024.40 points and will compete with Team USA at the Olympics, July 27-August 12.
Bell, who claimed the U.S. title on the 10-meter platform in 2009, becomes the ninth Olympian under Ohio State head diving coach Vince Panzano. Bell had a 37-point lead heading into the fifth and final round and claimed one of two spots available after notching a 67.20 score on her final dive. Bell joins Brittany Viola, who won the event with a 1081.50 total score.
Ohio State has now produced nine Olympians for the 2012 London Games. The Olympic Trials for swimming takes place June 25-July 2 in Omaha, Neb. Ohio State’s 36 members is tied with Stanford for the largest contingent of swimmers from one squad at the elite competition.