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Troy Dumais, Jessica Parratto lead 3-meter, 10-meter semifinals at Winter Nationals

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four-time Olympian Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) stands in first place after Wednesday’s men’s 3-meter semifinals at the USA Diving Winter National Championships, while Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) leads the women’s 10-meter standings after those semifinals. Both finals are set for Saturday.

Dumais heads into the finals with 902.05 points in the preliminaries and semifinals. In second place after the morning preliminaries, Dumais took the lead after the fourth round of the semifinals with an 81.60-points inward 3 ½ tuck and followed up with 84 points on a reverse 3 ½ tuck and 90.10 points on a front 2 ½ with 2 twists.

Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind.), the leader after the preliminaries, heads into the finals in second place with 877.80 points, while Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) is in third place at 873.35. Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.), who won the 1-meter gold on Tuesday, is in fourth place with 839.75 points. Scores carry over into the final.

Parratto led after both the preliminaries and semifinals, finishing her two lists of dives with 697.15 points. In the semifinals, she scored 80 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck and added 79.20 points on her back 3 ½ tuck. Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas) scored 665.10 to head into the finals in second place, while Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) is in third with 658.25 points. Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind.) is fourth at 649.55.

The USA Diving Winter National Championships continue through Sunday, December 21. Thursday’s competition features women’s 3-meter and men’s 10-meter preliminaries and semifinals.

 

Ipsen, Pickens win first two titles awarded at 2014 USA Diving Winter National Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first two gold medals of the 2014 USA Diving Winter National Championships were awarded Tuesday as 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.) won the men’s 1-meter gold and Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa./Tucson, Ariz.) took the women’s 1-meter title.

With their victories, Ipsen and Pickens earned spots on the 2015 World Championships team. Also qualifying for the World Championships were Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) and 2008 Olympian Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.), who won the silver medals in the 1-meter events.

Ipsen finished with a score of 871.80 points over two lists of dives to win his 10th career national title and first on 1-meter.He was in second place, 6.25 points behind Hixon after the morning preliminaries.Hixon maintained the lead through four rounds of the finals before Ipsen scored 83.20 on his reverse 2 ½ pike in the fifth round to move into the top spot. Ipsen rounded out the night with 86.40 points on a reverse 1 ½ with 3 ½ twists, the most difficult dive performed in the finals.

“For prelims, it felt a little bit rocky. I hadn’t been in a long contest with that many divers since NCAAs and I hadn’t been to a nationals in a while, so I was a little bit nervous. In the final, it was fun. It felt more like something I was used to. With only eight people, it moved really fast and I feel most comfortable in a competition setting like that where you can stay loose and keep going,” Ipsen said. “I’m really excited about it, and I’m excited to back on the world team. I took a little break for awhile, so it’s fun to be back.”

Hixon finished second with 861.40 points, while Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.) placed third with 830.25 points.

Pickens won her first national title after finishing with 566.35 points on her two lists of dives to edge Rittenhouse, who scored 563.90 points for second. Lauren Reedy (Rochester Hills, Mich./Columbia, Mo.) was third at 544.15. Pickens was third after the preliminaries but just 3.6 points out of first heading into the finals. She moved into second place after the first round of the finals and held on to that second spot until the last round. Trailing Rittenhouse by 4.3 points with one round to go, Pickens closed out the night with 58.50 points on her reverse 1 ½ with 1 ½ twists to jump into first place.

“I’m really, really excited to win my first national title on 1-meter. It was so close between me and Ariel. Everyone just dove so well. It was really exciting going into the last dive. I didn’t know exactly what the points were, but when I saw my name was in first, it was a great moment,” Pickens said. “I’m really excited to be representing Team USA at World Championships.”

In preliminary action Tuesday, Toby Stanley (Pendleton, Ind.) and Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.) scored 371.01 points to lead the men’s synchronized 10-meter field heading into Saturday’s finals. Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) finished first with 283.44 points in the women’s synchronized 10-meter prelims, with the final set for Sunday.

The USA Diving Winter National Championships continue through December 21. Wednesday’s events feature men’s 3-meter and women’s 10-meter preliminaries and semifinals.

Indianapolis to host 2015 USA Diving Winter National Championships

INDIANAPOLIS – USA Diving will hold its 2015 Winter National Championships in Indianapolis, with competition taking place at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI. The meet will be held December 15-20, 2015.

The Natatorium had previously been selected to serve as the host site of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Diving. USA Diving will partner with Indiana Sports Corp on both events. Indianapolis also hosted the Trials in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2008.

“The 2015 Winter National Championships will be an extremely important competition for USA Diving as we continue our preparations for Rio 2016. We are thrilled to partner with Indiana Sports Corp in bringing the event to Indianapolis,” said USA Diving President and CEO Linda Paul. “Having the Winter Nationals in Indianapolis will allow our athletes an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the venue in advance of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.”

“Our community is excited to host yet another USA Diving marquee event in the country’s most celebrated aquatics facility,” said Indiana Sports Corp President Ryan Vaughn. “The opportunity to partner with Indianapolis-based USA Diving and bring elite Olympic hopefuls and their fans to Indiana is very exciting to Indiana Sports Corp and our community.”

The USA Diving Winter National Championships regularly draw more than 125 of the nation’s top divers as 10 national titles are awarded throughout the championships. The 2015 Winter National Championships will be of particular importance as the meet will double as the U.S. selection trials for the 2016 FINA World Cup. The World Cup, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, marks the final opportunity for countries to earn their qualifying spots into the 2016 Olympic Games.

The 2014 USA Diving Winter National Championships begin Tuesday, December 16 and run through December 21 in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Greensboro to host USA Diving Synchronized National Championships in 2015

USA Diving will debut its new Synchronized Diving National Championships in 2015, with Greensboro, North Carolina, selected to host the inaugural competition.

The championships will be held April9-12at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, with 16 national titles – including eight new events – being awarded throughout the competition. The championships also will select divers who will represent Team USA at three major 2015 international events: the FINA World Championships, the Pan American Games and the 2015 Junior Pan American Championships.

“The Greensboro Aquatic Center is  thrilled to be selected to host the first ever Synchronized Diving National Championships,” said GAC manager Susan Braman. “Having this inaugural event come to Greensboro in 2015 will only strengthen the outstanding relationship we have enjoyed with USA Diving since the GAC opened in 2011.”

In 2012, the GAC hosted USA Diving’s AT&T National Diving Championships, Age Group National Championships and Junior National Championships, marking the first time since 2006 that the junior nationals and AT&T Nationals had been held at the same venue.

Three of the four medals won by Team USA divers at the 2012 Olympic Games were in synchronized diving events, and the new Synchronized Diving National Championships aim to encourage divers to begin competing in the synchronized events at a younger age while having the opportunity to dive at the same meet with elite level divers.

“Synchronized diving is a key focus for USA Diving, and we are excited to return to Greensboro for our first Synchronized Diving National Championships. Olympic qualifying begins in 2015, and this event will play a key role in USA Diving’s road to Rio while also providing new opportunities for younger divers as we continue to build toward to the future,” said USA Diving President and CEO Linda Paul.

Synchronized competition will continue to be conducted on platform and 3-meter springboard in the “open” division as well as in the 14-18 age group for both men and women, while 13-and-under divers now will be able to vie for synchronized diving national championships on 1-meter, 3-meter and the 5-meter platform for the first time.

Additionally, the Synchronized Diving National Championships will feature mixed gender synchronized diving, as FINA recently approved the addition of such competition at its events. Mixed gender synchronized events will be held in the “open” category, with one male and one female diver comprising a synchro team.

The “open” category will be used to select the teams that compete for Team USA at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. The World Championships will mark the first opportunity for countries to qualify spots for the 2016 Olympic Games. Additionally, the “open” events will determine the U.S. team for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Divers competing in the 14-18 age group at the Synchronized Diving National Championships will be vying for a spot on the 2015 Junior Pan American Championships Team.

Michael Mosca: From Olympic Trials finalist to Rhodes Scholar finalist

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Photo by Ray Yeager

Michael Mosca, long-time USA Diving member and senior at Harvard, was a finalist at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for diving. Now he is a 2014 Rhodes Scholar finalist. This weekend he will vie for one of the most coveted spots in academia to study at the University of Oxford in England for two years before he begins medical school. The rare double feat is most notable not for what he accomplished on the road to the finals but rather for the obstacles he overcame to get there.

Mosca, who started his USA Diving career with a last-place finish in the 11 and under age group at regionals, also had a rough academic start. After multiple setbacks and repeating the third grade, he was diagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD and an expressive language disorder. In a speech he gave at the inaugural USA Diving Rings of Honor induction ceremony at the conclusion of the 2012 Olympic Trials, Mosca credited the sport of diving with helping him to develop the resolve and resiliency needed to overcome many of the challenges associated with having learning disabilities.

“As divers, we show up every day and face our fears. We learn to fail and get right back up on the board. We learn to believe in ourselves and trust our coach and mentors,” Mosca said. “The life skills we gain from diving are invaluable and prepare us for our future career path, wherever it may lead us.”

Mosca thinks it is critical that divers give back to the sport and share the benefits with the next generation. He has volunteered as a coach for inner city children in Boston and participated in diving demonstrations to raise funds for scholarships and inspire children in New York City to try diving. Despite the time demands of a student-athlete, Mosca co-directs the Harvard Emerging Literacy Program (HELP) and reads weekly to preschool children at Head Start Schools in low-income areas of Boston.

“Reading out loud was always a challenge for me, even worse than diving off the 10-meter platform,” he said. “Getting over the fear of reading was no different than getting over the fear of learning a new dive. It’s all about being present: showing up and pushing through the moment knowing that it will be a long time before it will all come together, and trusting that if you persevere long enough you will succeed. I share with the children in our HELP program that if I can face my fear of diving and my fear of reading, and make it all the way to the finals of Olympic Trials and to Harvard, they can too.”

Mosca will face a panel of judges with varying perspectives at the Rhodes scholarship finals. The experience will be a familiar one. He faced a panel of judges at the Olympic Trials who scored him against the best of the best in a pressure-packed competition. Instead of critiquing every physical movement he makes, the Rhodes panel will evaluate his scholarly achievement, character, commitment to others and the common good, and potential for leadership. Mosca’s long-term goal is to be an academic orthopedic surgeon and a U.S. Olympic Team physician.

“Diving prepared me well for many things in my life, and the final round of Rhodes is chief among them. I’ve visualized the moment and when it happens I am going to tell myself the same thing I did before the finals of the Olympic Trials. Believe in yourself and in your preparation. You can’t control anything but your own performance. Be thankful to have the moment and realize that the true reward of being there is being there itself,” Mosca said. “The main thing I’ll tell myself is that I’m just wearing a different kind of suit.”

DIVE IN: The lessons learned from diving go much further than the pool. Diving helps build character, heart, discipline, patience and much more. Diving can build a foundation for success in life, and Michael Mosca is proof of that. If you are inspired by his story, please consider a donation to USA Diving’s ‘Dive In’ campaign. Funds raised will benefit athlete development, training opportunities/facilities and education and innovation to support all levels from grassroots and novice and beyond! Your donation is a tax-deductible charitable contribution to the extent allowed by law.

 

Important information for potential World University Games participants

With the 2015 USA Diving Winter Nationals quickly approaching, we wanted to get you thinking about possibly qualifying for the 2015 FISU World University Games, since it’s a self-funded trip. If you have any interest in trying to make this team and travel to Gwangju, South Korea, you can start your fundraising efforts now. The travel dates for this event are June 28-July 10, 2015. If there is any way you might participate/qualify, paperwork is due by January 16, 2015!

World University Games selection procedures

Eligibility:
All divers in an individual event or on a synchronized team must meet the FISU eligibility criteria to be eligible for selection in that event.

a) Only the following may participate as competitors:
1) Students who are currently officially registered as proceeding towards a degree or diploma at the university or similar institute whose status is recognized by the appropriate national academic authority of their country (incoming college freshman are eligible)
2) Former students of the institutions mentioned in a) who have obtained their academic degree or diploma in the year preceding the event

b) All competitors must satisfy the following conditions:
1) Be a national of the country they represent
2) Be at least 17 and less than 28 years of age on January 1 in the year of the event.

Funding:
This is a self-funded trip.
Historically the NCAA has allowed universities to help with the cost associated with participation in the event but USA Diving cannot assure divers of assistance from their institutions.

The World Universiade Games events will be self-funded. It is projected that the cost for each participant (divers/coaches) will be approximately $5,000 per person. All potential participants, including alternates, must provide all required paperwork and proof of funding (letter from college, personal credit card details) to USA Diving by January 16, 2015.

How to pay:
Either your school will submit a letter guaranteeing to pay or you fundraise/self-fund on your own (or sign the attached agreement). If you are fundraising or self-funding on your own without the support of your college/university, you are responsible for collecting the funds. Please do NOT have any sponsors, supporters, friends or family send money to USA Diving on your behalf. Following the event, USA Diving will send either the college/university or you personally an invoice to pay at that time. Thank you for understanding.

Paperwork: The required forms are due to USA Diving by January 16, 2015 (per the selection procedures) if there is any way you might attend/compete in the WUGs. Send to USA Diving at 132 E. Washington Street, Suite 850, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or scan and email to Kelci.bryant@usadiving.org.

 

Each team member will be required to formally accept the position immediately following qualification at the 2014 Winter National Championships. Because 2015 marks the beginning of 2016 Olympic qualifying and because of the proximity in competition dates, any athlete who earns selection to the 2015 Pan American Games team or the 2015 World Championships team in an Olympic event will not be eligible for the 2015 World University Games team. If a diver who accepts a WUG spot later earns selection in an Olympic event for the World Championships or Pan American Games team, that diver’s WUG spot will be offered to an alternate. Alternates who are eligible for selection will be notified immediately following either the Synchro Nationals in April 2015 or the World Trials in May 2015.

 

World University Games Websites for more information:
http://www.wugusa.com/world-championships/bti-events/

http://www.wugusa.com/summer-games/

http://www.fisu.net/en/Summer-Universiades-3490.html

Air and hotel deals for family and friends:

  • Asiana Airlines will have a 20 percent discount for your family and friends wanting to support your team. Contact Asiana Airlines for details. Individual Reservations: 800-227-4262 (LA office open 9-5 p.m.)
  • We have contracted the Hotel Prado in Gwangju to accommodate our team families and fans.  There is a 12-night minimum stay (July 2-14) package that you can reserve a room during the summer games beginning November 5. Link to fan travel packages: http://www.wugusa.com/summer-games/.

 

College Bound

The NCAA early signing period for diving runs from November 12-19, 2014 and many divers will be signing their National Letters of Intent throughout the week.

Divers, please let us know where you’ve committed or will be signing. Coaches, let us know who you’ve signed. Please email jennifer.lowery@usadiving.org to be added to the list.

The list below is based on information we’ve seen in news reports, on social media, or in messages sent to USA Diving.

Haley Allen – Ohio State
Alyssa Arnett – UNLV
Matt Aronson – Wisconsin
Sarah Bacon – Minnesota
Damian Becker – Northwestern
Kali Becker – North Carolina
Sarah Blank – Clemson
Emmott Blitch – West Virginia
Marin Bloise – Rutgers
Andrew Bologna – Pennsylvania
Cassidy Bose – Boise State
Raina Brommer – New Mexico State
Jaya Brown – Clemson
Rachel Byrne – Rutgers
Connor Cain – Utah
Matt Casillas – Georgia Tech
Mackenzie Caufield – Utah
Carolyn Chaney – Miami
Lee Christensen – Duke
Joey Cifelli – Purdue
Allison Concepcion – New Mexico
Payton Conrad – Missouri
Jack Crow – Penn State
Erin Cullather – New Hampshire
Ashleigh Dehls – Wyoming
Collin DeShaw – Michigan
David Dinsmore – Miami
Rebekah Dominik – Nevada
Madison Duvall – Georgia
Zoe Feingold – East Carolina
Lizzie Fitzpatrick – Duke
Kat Friese – UCLA
Kailey Francetic – Kentucky
Chrysoula Gatsios – UNLV
Cassidy Gebhart – Florida State
Kyle Goodwin – Missouri
Shaifali Goyal – UC Davis
Alex Hafey – Wisconsin
Trent Hagenbuch – Pennsylvania
Sophia Heiser – Pennsylvania
Alexa Held – University of San Diego
Hazel Hertting – Wisconsin
Carly Hill – Louisville
Averly Hobbs – West Virginia
Abigail Howell – Florida
Addie Howser – Georgia Southern
Kelsey Jehl – Towson
Madeline Kuhn – Illinois
Phoebe Lamay – Cal Berkeley
Collin Larson – Alabama
Christopher Law – Ohio State
Scott Lazeroff – Auburn
Alan LeBlang – Minnesota
Erin Lee – Clemson
Janelle Lucas – Idaho
Maria Lohman – North Carolina
Ben Magliato – Northwestern
Sara Maleski – North Carolina
Nolan Mallet – Georgia Tech
Luke Martinez – Harvard
Margie McCarthy – Alabama
Caroline McCleary – Tulane
Matt McClellan – LSU
Morgan Meixner – Purdue
Harrison Moncino – Miami (Ohio)
Grace Newell – TCU
Janicia Ng – Northwestern
Allyson Nied – South Carolina
Katie Nissle – New Mexico State
Meghan O’Brien – Texas
Ethan O’Neill – Wisconsin
Josh Owsiany – Duke
Taylor Pamplin – Ohio State
Qian Yi Pang – North Carolina
Kirsten Parkinson – Virginia
Talbott Paulsen – Yale
Andrew Pearce – Wisconsin
Ashlynn Peters – Virginia Tech
Matthew Phillip – LSU
Katie Polk – UMass
Estee Pryor – Ohio State
Sofia Rauzi – Texas
Olivia Rosendahl – Northwestern
Katie Rourke – Florida
Rachel Rubadue – Tennessee
Katie Russ – Harvard
Madeline Russell – UCLA
Ben Schiesl – Virginia Tech
Ayaka Schmitz – Louisville
Max Showalter – Purdue
Andrew Shurtleff – TCU
Austin Smith – West Virginia
Samuel Smith – Florida
Shelby Steiger – UNLV
David Thiede – Boston University
Emilee Torres – Towson
Emilie Weideman – Southern California
Mackenzie Willborn – Duke
Indiya Williams – Idaho
Flori Witenstein – Colorado State
Madi Witt – Southern California
Nicholas Woska – Marist

Interested in serving as a USA Diving athlete representative?

Athlete representative elections will be held at the upcoming USA Diving Winter National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

If you are interested in serving as an athlete rep and would like your name on the ballot, please email usadathleterepresentatives@gmail.com no later than December 1.

Six athletes – three men and three women – will be elected.

In order to run for election to serve as an athlete rep, a diver must have finished in the top half of a senior national championship meet held in the past 24 months (2013 AT&T Nationals, 2013 Winter Nationals or 2014 AT&T Nationals) or must have represented the United States at the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games or World Cup (in a non-Olympic year) in the past 10 years.

For more information on the athlete representative committee, please see the following information put together by athlete reps.

What is an athlete representative?

Athlete representatives are elected by their fellow athletes to serve a two-year term as a member of the athlete representative committee. What is the athlete representative committee you might ask? Well, the athlete representative committee is made up of 12 divers, six males and six females. The athlete representative committee acts as a voice on the behalf of all USA Diving athletes.

Six athletes – three males and three females – are elected each year. Cheyenne Cousineau, David Dinsmore, Sam Dorman, Mike Hixon, Emma Ivory-Ganja and Kara McCormack will be in the second year of their two-year term in 2015 and will join the six athletes elected at winter nationals on the committee next year.

What are the responsibilities involved in being an athlete representative?

As an athlete representative, your main responsibility is to communicate effectively with others. This may involve sitting in on conference calls throughout the year with your fellow athlete representatives and thinking of creative things that USA Diving can do to improve your experience as a member, or it may involve conference calls with another USA Diving committee you are assigned to. In addition to communicating, we strive for 100 percent attendance of athlete representatives to the USA Diving convention that is hosted every year in mid-September. All expenses for the convention are paid for. During convention, we attend various different meetings and count as a large percentage of votes in the final general assembly meeting.

What are the qualities that we are looking for in an athlete representative?

We are looking for confident, creative and passionate athletes to become athlete representatives. It is often necessary for us to speak in public or on the phone, so those are two skills that we would love for you to have. The great thing about the athlete representative committee is that everybody who serves has a different background and a different skill set. This allows for us to do many different kinds of projects.

What can you get out of being an athlete representative?

Being an athlete representative is a huge honor. It allows you to give back to a sport that, in my experience, has provided so many amazing opportunities. It will also help to enhance your networking and communication skills as you are exposed to different situations that you would not ordinarily find yourself in in either high school or college. Being an athlete representative will allow a creative outlet to express your ideas to USA Diving, while simultaneously improving the experiences of many other athletes. If that isn’t enough, being an athlete representative looks great on college applications – and resumes when you are looking for a job.

What are the qualifications to become an athlete representative?
In order to serve as an athlete rep, a diver must have finished in the top half of a senior national championship meet held in the past 24 months (2013 AT&T Nationals, 2013 Winter Nationals, or 2014 AT&T Nationals) or must have represented the United States at the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games or World Cup (in a non-Olympic year) in the past 10 years.

Who do I contact if I am interested in nominating myself or another diver for the position of athlete representative?   If you are interested in running or would like to nominate another eligible athlete, please email usadathleterepresentatives@gmail.com by December 1.

Toby Stanley takes 10-meter silver at FINA Grand Prix in Malaysia

Toby Stanley (Conway, Ark./Indianapolis, Ind.) won the silver medal in men’s 10-meter as the FINA Malaysia Grand Prix came to a close Sunday in Kuala Lumpur.

Stanley won his first career individual international medal after scoring 456.25 points in the 10-meter final. He opened the finals with 81.60 points on his inward 3 ½ tuck and was solid throughout the contest, scoring no lower than 66 points on any dive and finishing out his list with 84.60 points on his back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists. China’s Hui Liang dominated the contest with 532.30 points for gold, with Malaysia’s Ooi Tze Liang finishing with 448.60 points for bronze.

Zach Cooper (Trafalgar, Ind.), who on Saturday won bronze with Tanner Wilfong in synchronized 10-meter, also competed in the individual 10-meter event but did not advance to the finals. Cooper finished ninth with 344.35 points.

In women’s synchronized 3-meter, Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa) and Maren Taylor (Arlington, Va./Austin, Texas) scored 259.80 points to finish third behind two teams from Malaysia but were awarded the silver medal due to Grand Prix rules that allow the host country to enter two teams although only one can medal. Ng Yan Yee and Nor Dhabitah Sabri won the gold with 274.41 points, while Jasmine Lai Pui Yee and Kam Ling Kar were second with 267.51 points.

Cheyenne Cousineau (Temperance, Mich./Coral Gables, Fla.) and Katrina Young (Shoreline, Wash./Tallahassee, Fla.) competed together as a synchronized 10-meter team for the first time and finished fourth with 240.84 points but picked up the bronze medal because two Malaysian teams finished in the top three. China’s Ji Siyu and Si Yajie scored 332.70 for the gold, while Malaysia’s Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Joong won silver with 327.84 points. Dhabitah and Loh Zhiayi finished with 293.67 points for third.

 

Cooper and Wilfong win 10-meter synchro bronze at Malaysia Grand Prix

  Zach Cooper (Trafalgar, Ind.) and Tanner Wilfong (Hershey, Pa./Coral Gables, Fla.) finished third in men’s synchronized 10-meter to lead Team USA with a bronze medal Saturday at the FINA Malaysia Grand Prix meet in Kuala Lumpur.

Also on Saturday, Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.) and Dwight Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) placed fourth in men’s synchronized 3-meter, while Maren Taylor (Arlington, Va./Austin, Texas) was the top finisher for the U.S. women after placing sixth in the individual 3-meter event.

Cooper and Wilfong, competing in their first international meet together, scored 348.57 points in the synchronized 10-meter contest to finish third behind China’s Zhang Yangquan and Chen Aisen (448.89) and Malaysia’s Ooi Tze Liang and Chew Yi Wei (386.55). The Americans scored between 63.36 and 68.31 points on all four of their optional dives, with their best score coming on their back 3 ½ tuck in round five.

Dorman and Dumais finished with 377.52 points in their first 3-meter synchro event together. They scored more than 80 points on both their front 2 ½ with 2 twists and reverse 1 ½ with 3 ½ twists, but a miss for just 49.35 points on their reverse 3 ½ tuck in round five kept them out of the medal hunt. China’s Li Shixin and He Chao won gold with 441.54 points, while Malaysia’s Tze Liang and Ahmad Amsyar Azman were second at 414.45. Colombia’s Sebastian Villa and Sebastian Morales took the bronze with 399.87.

Taylor scored 276.70 points to finish sixth in the women’s 3-meter final, which was won by China’s Wang Han with 362.50 points. Liu Huixia, also of China, scored 351.60 points for silver, and Malaysia’s Cheong Jun Hoong won bronze with 339.00 points. Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) also competed for the U.S. but did not advance to the finals. She finished seventh overall after placing fourth with 259.10 points in her semifinal.

The Malaysia Grand Prix concludes Sunday with men’s individual 10-meter as well as both women’s synchronized events.