PENZA, Russia – All four divers who competed for Team USA on the final day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships advanced to the finals, led by Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.), who placed fourth in the boys’ group A platform final. Nikki Watters (New Albany, Ohio) was sixth in the girls’ group B 3-meter final, while Christopher Law (San Antonio, Texas) was 11th on platform and Emily Grund (Keller, Texas) was 12th on 3-meter.
Windle finished with 531.80 points on platform, opening the finals with 94.25 points on his front 4 ½ tuck and later adding 70 or more points on two other dives as he finished 4.2 points behind bronze medalist Kyle Kothari of Great Britain, who scored 536 points. China took the top two spots, with Tai Xiaohu taking gold at 565.55 and Li Ping’an scoring 538.50 for bronze. Law finished 11th with 459.55 points, closing out his list with 73.8 points on a back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists.
Watters scored 368.15 points to lead the U.S in the group B 3-meter contest. She started the finals with 52.65 points on an inward 2 ½ tuck to sit in 11th place with two dives to go and jumped to sixth after scoring 67.20 points on a reverse 2 ½ tuck and 63 points on a back 2 ½ tuck. Grund finished 12th with 322 points, with her best dive coming in the last round when she scored 58.05 points on her inward 2 ½ tuck. Australia’s Georgia Sheehan scored 407.65 points to take the gold, with silver going to China’s Song Anxin at 404.30 and bronze to Germany’s Christina Wassen at 400.40.