It was no surprise that Bruce Kimball was controversial, or that Greg Louganis made the team, but the U.S. Olympic diving trials did have some unexpected finishes.
One of them came Sunday in the 10-meter platform when Patrick Jeffrey, taking advantage of a difficult diving program and a well executed performance, earned a spot on the Olympic team behind Louganis.
Jeffrey's performance and a last-day rush by Mike Wantuck ended the dream of Kimball, who was competing despite facing charges in connection with the deaths of two teen-agers in a Florida traffic accident earlier this month.
Kimball, a silver medalist in the last Olympics, finished fourth Sunday, and also finished sixth earlier in the springboard competition.
Louganis, the defending Olympic gold medalist in both the platform and springboard events, was an easy double winner at the trials, and brought the sellout crowd to its feet Sunday when he narrowly missed a perfect dive.
His inward 1 1/2 somersault pike drew six 10s and a 9.5 in the third round. Louganis has had two perfect 10s with the same dive, once in 1982 and again in 1984.
Joining Louganis and Jeffrey on the men's team was Mark Bradshaw, who finished second in the springboard competition.
Olympic silver medalist Michele Mitchell won Saturday's women's platform competition, followed by reigning national indoor and outdoor platform champion Wendy Lian Williams. The women's team also includes Olympic silver medalist Kelly McCormick, who won in the springboard, and Wendy Lucero, who came in second.
"`If we get five medalists we'll be doing a good job. Anything over that will be phenomenal," said Ron O'Brien, who will be the team's head coach.
"We've got a combination of veterans and some with limited international experience. But I don't think that is going to be much of a factor. ... If they can survive this (the trials) they're tough and ready to go."
Jeffrey, who was the 1988 NCAA champion in three diving events and who has won one international competition in Austria, madethe team after a tight duel in which he was fifth and trailing the third place Kimball by 18.59 points going into the final round.
Kimball, who had three 10s and four 9.5s in the second round Sunday, fell victim to the greater degree of difficulty by Jeffrey and Wantuck.
"I thought we still had a chance going into those last two dives, but he would have needed 9.5s and 10s," said Dick Kimbell, Bruce's father and coach. "He knew when he hit the water after his dive that he wasn't going to make the team.
"I just gave him a hug and told him that I loved him and told him that I was proud of him."
Jeffrey,, of Madison, N.J., was fifth with four dives remaining, but less than eight points separated the second, third, fourth and fifth divers after the eighth round. Jeffrey student moved into second in the ninth round, and his final dive was enough to hold off any challenger.