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Tampa's Colwill prevails at USA Diving Grand Prix

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 06:00 AM

Tampa Prep and University of Georgia product Chris Colwill won the 3-meter springboard final at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix, putting together one of his best performances of the year to capture first place by less than a point.

Colwill, a 2008 Olympian, came from behind to beat China’s Li Shixin by .35 points.

Among Colwill’s six dives in the final, he scored 79.80 on an extremely difficult forward 4 1/2 tuck and, on his last dive, 91 points on a reverse 3 1/2 somersault tuck.

Colwill said he believes taking gold here will help his preparation for the Olympic trials next month.

"For my confidence it’s very big," Colwill said. "I have a history of doing very good in prelims and semifinals and falling back a little bit in finals."

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