Leydon Mahoney, Schnell grab top-six finishes at Junior Worlds

Gracia Leydon Mahoney (Newton, Mass.) and Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) advanced to the finals and earned top-six finishes Tuesday at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide, Australia.

Leydon Mahoney finished fifth with 407.40 points in the girls group A 1-meter final, with gold going to China’s Liu Jiao at 421.00. Leydon Mahoney earned three 8s on her reverse 1 ½ pike for 55.20 points in the final after missing the dive in the prelims. She scored 57.20 points on her front 2 ½ pike.

Schnell scored 349.75 points to finish sixth in the girls group B platform final, which was dominated by China’s Si Yajie. Si won the gold medal with 425.15 points, 45.6 points ahead of her closest competitor. Schnell’s performance was highlighted by her back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists that scored 73.60 points and earned 8s from three judges.

Jack Nyquist (Alpharetta, Ga.) stepped in to dive in the synchronized 3-meter contest with Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind.) when Dashiell Enos (Studio City, Calif.) came down with the stomach flu. Nyquist and Johnson, competing together for the first time, finished ninth with 282.96 points. Great Britain Olympians Tom Daley and Jack Laugher teamed up for 338.85 points and the gold medal.

Estee Pryor (New Albany, Ohio) and Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H.) also competed Tuesday. Pryor finished 13th with 306.90 points in the girls group B platform event, while Parratto scored 355.00 points for 19th in the girls group A 1-meter contest.

Competition continues through Sunday, October 13. Wednesday’s action features girls group A 3-meter and boys group B 1-meter.

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