Three Team USA divers competed in the finals of their respective events Saturday at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. Rachel Mumma (Harrisburg, Pa./NC State University) finished eighth in the women’s 1-meter final, while Jack Nyquist (Alpharetta, Ga./University of North Carolina) was 10th and JB Kolod (Pittsburgh, Pa./University of Virginia) 11th in the men’s 3-meter final.
Nyquist scored 364 points to finish 10th in the men’s 3-meter finals, while Kolod was 11th with 358 points. Kolod was 10th and Nyquist 12th in Friday’s semifinals to earn their spots in the finals. On Friday, Kolod was 14th and Nyquist 15th in the preliminaries. Bryce Klein (Southlake, Texas/SMU) scored 314.80 points to finished 22nd in the prelims; the top 18 advanced to semifinals.
Mumma finished eighth on 1-meter after scoring 218.50 points in the finals. She earned her spot in the finals after placing third in the preliminaries and then placing second in one of two semifinals on Friday. Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa./University of Arizona) just missed a spot in the finals. She finished fourth in her semifinal and ninth overall with 245.75 points in the semifinals. The top two divers in the preliminaries automatically advanced to the finals, while places three through 12 moved onto the semis. The top three divers in each semifinal qualified for finals. Lauren Reedy (Rochester Hills, Mich./University of Missouri) also competed for Team USA and finished 19th with 224.20 points in the preliminaries.
The diving events at the World University Games continue through Thursday, July 9. On Sunday, Klein and Bradley Christensen (Southlake, Texas/Stanford) will compete synchronized 3-meter and Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles/Northwestern) will dive women’s platform.