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Windle fourth on platform, Watters sixth on 3-meter to lead U.S. on final day of Junior Worlds

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.

Delaney Schnell places fourth, Camryn Hidalgo ninth on platform at Junior Worlds

PENZA, Russia – Led by a fourth-place finish from Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.), Team USA had two divers place in the top 10 in the girls’ group A (16-18) platform Saturday at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships. Joining Schnell in the finals was Camryn Hidalgo (Mission Viejo, Calif.), who finished ninth.

After placing seventh in the preliminaries, Schnell jumped to fourth after the finals, finishing with 420.35 points. She scored more than 67 points on three of her four dives in the finals, receiving 72 points on her inward 3 ½ tuck, 67.50 points on her front 3 ½ pike and 67.20 points on her back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists.

Hidalgo scored 393.55 points, highlighted by 68.80 points on her back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists in the finals, in her ninth-place finish. She received 54 points, earning 9s from five judges, on her inward 1 ½ pike in the preliminaries.

Australia’s Lara Tarvit finished atop the leaderboard with 438.05 points for gold, while Mexico’s Alejandra Orozco took the silver at 434.55. China’s Lian Jie scored 425.50 points for the bronze.

Also on Saturday, Ben Bramley (Wellesley, Mass.) and Andrew Capobianco (Holly Springs, N.C.) competed in the boys’ group B (14-15) 3-meter event. Bramley scored 354.40 points for 22nd, with his best dive coming in the last round when he scored 57.40 points on a back 1 ½ with 2 ½ twists. Capobianco finished 27th with 314.65 points, including 53.20 points on his back 1 ½ with 2 ½ twists.

The FINA World Junior Diving Championships come to a close Sunday with Emily Grund (Keller, Texas) and Nikki Watters (New Albany, Ohio) in group B 3-meter and Christopher Law (San Antonio, Texas) and Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.) in group A platform.

Windle, Fusaro advance to 1-meter finals at FINA Junior Worlds

PENZA, Russia – Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.) and Henry Fusaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) advanced to the group A (16-18) 1-meter finals Friday at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships, while Emily Grund (Keller, Texas) and Mackenzie Willborn (Flower Mound, Texas) placed eighth in synchronized 3-meter.

Windle scored 448.00 points to place 10th on 1-meter, highlighted by 63.70 points on a front 1 ½ with two twists and 63 points on a reverse 2 ½ tuck. Fusaro placed 12th with 423.10 points, with 55.80 points on an inward 2 ½ tuck and 54.60 points on a front 2 ½ pike. Both Windle and Fusaro also advanced to the 3-meter finals earlier in the week. Colombia’s Alejandro Arias won the 1-meter gold at 531.20, with Mexico’s Rodrigo Diego scoring 511.25 to edge China’s Huang Bowenby .95 points for the silver.

Emily Grund (Keller, Texas) and Mackenzie Willborn (Flower Mound, Texas) paired for 239.67 points for eighth place in girls’ synchronized 3-meter. China’s Wu Chunting and Song Anxin scored 281.70 points for the gold, edging silver medalists Naomi Gowlett and Georgia Sheehan of Australia by 1.02 points. Russia’s Elena Chernykh and Maria Polyakova won bronze with 267 points.

Also on Friday, Colten Young (Coto de Caza, Calif.) and Andrew Capobianco (Holly Springs, N.C.) represented Team USA in the boys’ group B (14-15) platform event. Young finished 19th with 329.95 points, led by 53.20 points on a back 2 ½ tuck from the 7.5-meter platform. Capobianco scored 315.20 points for 24th place, with 51.60 points on his front armstand double somersault and 51 points on a his back 1 ½ with a half twist.

The FINA World Junior Diving Championships continue through Sunday, September 14. Saturday’s competition features Capobianco and Ben Bramley (Wellesley, Mass.) in group B 3-meter and Camryn Hidalgo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) in group A platform.

Sarah Bacon places ninth on 3-meter at World Junior Championships

PENZA, Russia – Sarah Bacon (Indianapolis, Ind.) advanced to the finals for the second day in a row at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships, finishing ninth in the group A (16-18) girls’ 3-meter event Wednesday.

A day after finishing sixth on 1-meter, Bacon scored 427.75 points to place ninth on 3-meter. China’s Wu Chunting won gold for the second day in a row, scoring 488.20 points for the 3-meter win. Russia’s Maria Polyakova won her second silver medal after finishing with 457.20 points, and Mexico’s Dolores Hernandez took the bronze with 450.35 points.

After finishing third in the preliminaries, Bacon opened the finals with 51 points on her inward 2 ½ pike and followed up with 58.80 points on a back 2 ½ tuck before closing out her list with 53.20 points on a reverse 2 ½ tuck and 54 points on a front 2 ½ with one twist.

Two other U.S. divers just missed advancing to the finals Wednesday. Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored 412.85 points for 13th place in the girls’ group A 3-meter preliminaries, just 1.5 points out of 12th place and a spot in the finals. She rallied back after sitting in 24th place after five rounds of dives and scored between 54.60 and 57.40 on all four of her optional dives to nearly advance to the finals.

Andrew Capobianco (Holly Springs, N.C.) finished 13th in the group B (14-15) boys’ 1-meter preliminaries. He scored 349.85 points, 1.45 points from 12th place. Josh Davidson (Tomball, Texas) was also in contention for a spot in the finals and finished 17th with 339.70 points.

The FINA World Junior Diving Championships continue through Sunday, September 14. Friday’s competition features Henry Fusaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.) in group A 1-meter, Capobianco and Colten Young (Coto de Caza, Calif.) in group B platform and Emily Grund (Keller, Texas) and Mackenzie Willborn (Flower Mound, Texas) in synchronized 3-meter.

USA scores a pair of top-six finishes on day two of Junior Worlds

PENZA, Russia – Team USA scored a pair of top-six finishes Wednesday at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships. Cameron Thatcher (Powell, Ohio) and Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.) took fifth in synchronized 3-meter, while Sarah Bacon (Indianapolis, Ind.) was sixth in the girls’ group A (16-18) 1-meter final.

Bacon scored 394.75 points to finish sixth in the 1-meter contest, carrying over 192.25 points from the preliminaries before scoring between 46.80 and 55.90 points on her four dives in the finals. China’s Wu Chunting won the gold with 421.30 points. Russia’s Maria Polyakovatooksilver with 415.25 points, edging Australia’s Maddison Keeney by .25 points for second place. Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles, Calif.) also competed for Team USA on 1-meter and finished 24th with 326.15 points.

Thatcher and Windle turned in a score of 293.88, highlighted by 70.68 points on their front 3 ½ pike, to finish fifth in the 3-meter synchro competition. Mexico’s Rodrigo Diego and Adan Zuniga led the field with 329.61 points for gold, with the Russian team of Nikita Nikolaev and Ilia Molchanov finished second at 307.80. Great Britain’s Sam Thornton and James Heatly picked up the bronze with 305.88 points.

Wednesday’s competition also included the group B (14-15) girls’ platform contest. Grace Cable (Winter Park, Fla.) scored 286.35 to finish 15th for Team USA, while Maggie Merriman (Orlando, Fla.) placed 16th with 282.50 points. China’s Song Anxin dominated the field with 394.10 points for gold. Great Britain’s Lois Mae Toulson finished with 352.90 points for silver, and China’s Li Jinming took the bronze with 351.05 points.

The FINA World Junior Diving Championships continue through Sunday, September 14. Thursday’s competition features Bacon and Rosendahl in group A 3-meter and Andrew Capobianco (Holly Springs, N.C.) and Josh Davidson (Tomball, Texas) in group B 1-meter.

 

Jordan Windle finishes third in U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete of the Month honors

Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.) finished third in voting for the United States Olympic Committee male athlete of the month for August.

The 15-year-old Windle won his first senior national title with a win on 10-meter at the AT&T National Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Windle scored 527.80 points to win the title by 84.90 points. He opened the finals with 103.60 points on his front 4 ½ tuck and scored more than 90 points on two other dives. Windle also advanced to the 3-meter finals and finished fourth, just a tenth of a point away from the bronze medal.

The week before the AT&T Nationals, Windle won four golds and one silver at the USA Diving Junior National Championships.

He is competing on four events at this week’s FINA World Junior Diving Championships.

Swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky were selected as the USOC’s male and female athletes of the month, while rowing’s women’s eight team was named team of the month. Each national governing body may nominate one male, one female and one team each month. A voting panel selects the winners from the pool of nominees with online fan voting via Twitter accounting for 10 percent of the total vote.

Brooke Schultz wins 1-meter gold at World Junior Championships

Penza, Russia – Brooke Schultz (Cicero, Ind.) won the gold medal on 1-meter for group B girls (14-15) to lead Team USA on Tuesday, the opening day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships. All three other U.S. divers advanced to the finals in their respective events.

Schultz scored 356.90 points to give Team USA its first medal of the six-day championships. Russia’s Ekaterina Nekrasova finished second with 353.95 points, while Australia’s Georgia Sheehan took the bronze with 344.65 points.

“It feels really good. I’m happy with my performance. I was really nervous, but I’m so excited I did so well,” Schultz said.

Schultz was third in the preliminaries but had room for improvement after missing her reverse 2 ½ tuck for just 36 points. With a degree of difficulty of 3.0, it was the most difficult dive performed by any diver in the contest. It paid off in the finals when she hit it for 63 points. With one round remaining after that dive, she trailed Nekrasova by 1.55 points.

“I get really nervous before that dive. I’m the only one throwing it, and even if I don’t hit it, it’s still a good learning experience for me to at least try it. I was so happy and relieved it went well in the finals. I knew it was really close, and I just had one more dive to hit,” Schultz said.

Schultz followed up with 55.20 points on an inward 1 ½ pike to overtake Nekraskova, who closed out her list with 50.70 points on a front 1 ½ with two twists.

“I knew it was going to be close, with only 1 ½ points between first and second going into the last round. I knew I had to hit my dive, and I just told myself to do it like I normally do,” Schultz said. “I was standing there waiting for the last two girls go, and I started crying when I saw I won. I was so happy.”

USA’s Nikki Watters (New Albany, Ohio) also advanced to the group B 1-meter finals and finished eighth with 319.35 points, highlighted by 52.80 points on her inward 1 ½ pike.

In the boys’ group A (16-18) 3-meter final, Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.) finished sixth with 515.55 points, including 72 points apiece on his front 2 ½ with a twist and his back 2 ½ pike. Henry Fusaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) scored 467.25 points to finish 12th, with two dives earning 60 or more points. China’s Huang Bowen took the gold with 636.90 points. Russia’s Alexandr Belevtcev scored 565.60 points edge Mexico’s Rodrigo Diego (562.65) for the silver.

Schultz is now finished with competition, while Fusaro, Watters and Windle all will compete on at least one more event.

The FINA World Junior Diving Championships continue through Sunday, September 14. Wednesday’s competition features Windle and Cameron Thatcher (Powell, Ohio) in synchronized 3-meter, Sarah Bacon (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles, Calif.) in group A 1-meter, and Grace Cable (Winter Park, Fla.) and Maggie Merriman (Orlando, Fla.) in group B platform.

 

Team USA set to compete at FINA World Junior Diving Championships

Competition at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships begins Tuesday, September 9 and continues through Sunday, September 14 in Penza, Russia.

Eighteen divers will be competing for Team USA, led by team co-captain Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.), who will be competing in four events. Windle will compete in all three individual events in group A (16-18) and will also compete in synchronized 3-meter with Cameron Thatcher (Powell, Ohio).

Andrew Capobianco (Holly Springs, N.C.) will compete in all three individual events in group B after sweeping the 14-15 age group at last month’s junior nationals.

Five others will compete in two events. Co-captain Sarah Bacon (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles) both will dive 1-meter and 3-meter in girls’ Group A competition, while Henry Fusaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) will dive both those events in boys’ Group A. Nikki Watters (New Albany, Ohio) will compete both individual springboard events in girls’ Group B. Emily Grund (Keller, Texas) will also compete in Group B 3-meter and will pair with Mackenzie Willborn (Flower Mound, Texas) in synchronized 3-meter.

Rounding out the team are Ben Bramley (Wellesley, Mass.), Grace Cable (Winter Park, Fla.), Josh Davidson (Tomball, Texas), Camryn Hidalgo (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Christo Law (San Antonio, Texas), Maggie Merriman (Orlando, Fla.), Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.), Brooke Schultz (Cicero, Ind.) and Colten Young (Coto de Caza, Calif.).

Junior World Championships schedule
Tuesday, September 9
10 a.m. – Boys A 3-meter prelim (Jordan Windle, Henry Fusaro)
2 p.m. – Girls B 1-meter prelim (Brooke Schultz, Nikki Watters)
5 p.m. – Boys A 3-meter final
6 p.m. – Girls B 1-meter final

Wednesday, September 10
10 a.m. – Girls A 1-meter prelim (Sarah Bacon, Olivia Rosendahl)
1:30 p.m. – Girls B platform prelim (Grace Cable, Maggie Merriman)
4 p.m. – Girls A 1-meter final
5 p.m. – Girls B platform final
6 p.m. – Boys A/B 3-meter synchro final (Cameron Thatcher/Jordan Windle)

Thursday, September 11
10 a.m. – Girls A 3-meter prelim (Sarah Bacon, Olivia Rosendahl)
2 p.m. – Boys B 1-meter prelim (Andrew Capobianco, Josh Davidson)
5 p.m. – Girls A 3-meter final
6 p.m. – Boys B 1-meter final

Friday, September 12
10 a.m. – Boys A 1-meter prelim (Jordan Windle, Henry Fusaro)
1:30 p.m. – Boys B platform prelims (Andrew Capobianco, Colten Young)
4 p.m. – Boys A 1-meter final
5 p.m. – Boys B platform final
6 p.m. – Girls A/B 3-meter synchro final (Emily Grund/Mackenzie Willborn)

Saturday, September 13
10 a.m. – Boys B 3-meter prelim (Andrew Capobianco, Ben Bramley)
1 p.m. – Girls A platform prelim (Camryn Hidalgo, Delaney Schnell)
4 p.m. – Boys B 3-meter final
5 p.m. – Girls A platform final

Sunday, September 14
10 a.m. – Girls B 3-meter prelim (Emily Grund, Nikki Watters)
1 p.m. – Boys A platform prelim (Christo Law, Jordan Windle)
4 p.m. – Girls B 3-meter final
5 p.m. – Boys A platform final

Gracia Leydon Mahoney wins bronze in mixed international team event at Youth Olympic Games

USA’s Gracia Leydon Mahoney (Newton, Mass.) paired with Ukraine’s Pylyp Tkachenko to close out the Youth Olympic Games with a bronze medal in the mixed international team competition Wednesday in Nanjing, China.

Leydon Mahoney and Tkachenko scored 354.00 points on their six dives to finish with the bronze medal. Mexico’s Alejandra Orozco and Norway’s Daniel Jensen scored 379.50 points for the gold, while China’s Wu Shengping and Egypt’s Mohab Elkordy were second with 374.90 points.

The mixed international team competition paired one male and one female diver from different countries, with pairings determined by results in the individual 3-meter and 10-meter events earlier in the Games. In the mixed team event, each diver must do three dives, with at least one dive from 3-meter and one from 10-meter. Each diver must perform one dive with an assigned degree of difficulty of 2.0 as well as two dives with no degree of difficulty limit. Each of the six groups of dives must be performed.

Leydon Mahoney performed a front 1 ½ pike from 10-meter for 42 points. On 3-meter, she earned 58.80 points on her back 2 ½ tuck and 63 points on her reverse 2 ½ tuck. Tkachenko did two dives on 10-meter, scoring 48 points on an armstand front somersault and 64 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck. He added 78.20 points on his front 2 ½ with two twists from 3-meter.

Leydon Mahoney finished fourth in Monday’s individual women’s 3-meter event and was eighth on 10-meter on Saturday. Dashiell Enos (Studio City, Calif.) placed sixth for Team USA in Sunday’s men’s 3-meter final.

Gracia Leydon Mahoney finishes fourth on 3-meter at Youth Olympic Games

Gracia Leydon Mahoney (Newton, Mass.) finished fourth in the women’s 3-meter springboard contest Monday at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Leydon Mahoney scored 429.45 points in the 3-meter event, which was won by China’s Wu Shengping, who also took the platform gold on Saturday. Wu finished with 492.05 points for the 3-meter victory, with silver going to Ukraine’s Ganna Krasnoshlyk with 459.10 points. Malaysia’s Loh Zhiayi, the silver medalist on platform, scored 446.70 points to win the 3-meter bronze.

After placing fifth with 401.50 points in the preliminaries, Leydon Mahoney opened the 3-meter finals with 52.65 points on her inward 2 ½ tuck and then followed up with 54.60 points on her back 2 ½ tuck. She had her best dive in the third round of the finals, earning 63 points on a reverse 2 ½ tuck, and then finished out the evening with 53.65 points on her reverse 1 ½ with 2 ½ twists.

Diving events at the Youth Olympic Games continue through August 27. Leydon Mahoney will compete in the mixed international team competition on Wednesday, with a partner to be determined after Tuesday’s men’s 10-meter competition. Earlier in the week, Leydon Mahoney finished eighth in the women’s 10-meter contest.