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McCrory, Johnston on track to reach London games

Duke divers Nick McCrory and Abby Johnston took their first steps toward representing the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games, advancing to the finals of their respective synchronized diving events Sunday on the first day of action at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Johnston and Kelci Bryant tallied the highest score of the women’s 3-meter synchro and lead Kassidy Cook and Christina Loukas by 6.51 points heading into Thursday evening’s finals.

In the men’s synchronized 10-meter event, McCrory and David Boudia earned 919.86 points to lead all other teams.

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials continue through June 24, with Monday’s session set to include the preliminary and semifinal rounds of the men’s 3-meter synchronized competition, as well as the women’s 10-meter exhibition event.

Cardiac Kids win, place and show in Atlanta regional

The Cardiac Kids Wrestling Club is back at work after a successful trip to Atlanta, where several members had top-three finishes in the Southeast Regionals over the Memorial Day weekend.

CKWC member Rodney Shepard of Northern High won the 152-pound weight class in the Greco Roman competition, while Terrence Moore of Jordan took a second place at 238 pounds in Greco Roman and third in Freestyle. Josh Sawyer of Durham School of the Arts finished third in Freestyle in the 170 weight class.

Herndon, Garrard get third in PBC fishing tournament

Mark Herndon of Bahama and Durham Jay Garrard had yet another top-five finish Saturday in the Piedmont Bass Classic’s Springhill Outfitters Open at Jordan Lake. The Durham County anglers caught and released five bass totaling 13.36 pounds for third place.

Thomas Sheffer and Ken McNeill of Wake County won last Saturday’s event with five bass for a total 18.8 pounds.

All four of those anglers will be among the favorites in the PBC’s Boats Unlimited $10,000 Spring Bass Trail Championship this Saturday at Jordan Lake. Sixty-five teams, including Herndon and Garrard have qualified for the championship.

Carmell wins at Kerr Lake

With only three bass that weighed 5 pounds, 2 ounces on the final day of competition, Christopher Carmell of Moyock was able to hold on and win the EverStart Series Northern Division on Kerr Lake. His three-day total of 13 bass weighed 36 pounds, 1 ounce and earned him $26,749 for his victory.

Tom Wilkinson of Oxford caught 15 bass totaling 29-7 for seventh place and $4,585.

W.E. Warnock