Diver Brittany Viola laments: It didn't come together

Brittany Viola competes in the women's 10m platform semi-finals during the diving event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 9, 2012. Getty Images

(CBS/AP) LONDON - "My mind felt right, my body felt right. It just didn't come together."

That's how Florida diver Brittany Viola described her disappointing showing Thursday in the 10-meter platform diving final. The daughter of former major league baseball pitcher Frank Viola, she finished 15th in the semifinals with 300.50 points.

Her teammate, Katie Bell, also failed to advance, placing 16th with 296.80. Chen Ruolin of China was the top qualifier among 12 divers going into the evening final at 407.25.

Viola, a 25-year -old former University of Miami platform diver, opened the five-dive round by scoring 67.50 points on her front 3 1/2 somersaults pike, but had misses in later rounds.

"Still, to be here was just incredible," she said. "I'm going to celebrate this journey. I never thought I'd be here." In 2008, Viola was named an alternate for the U.S. Olympic Diving Team after finishing fourth in the trials.

Viola was cheered on Thursday by about 20 family and friends, including her father Frank, the 1987 World Series most valuable player with the Minnesota Twins.

''Nicknamed "Sweet Music," Frank Viola helped the Twins win its first World Series title in 1987, pitching the team to a 4-2 victory in Game 7. He was named Series MVP, and the next season won the AL Cy Young Award.

He was later traded to the Mets, and pitched for Boston, Cincinnati and Toronto before retiring in 1996.

  • CBS News Staff

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