Competition at the FINA Malaysia Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur began Friday with four divers in action for Team USA.
Katrina Young (Shoreline, Wash./Tallahassee, Fla.) led the way with a fifth-place finish in the women’s 10-meter contest, while Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.) was the top finisher for the U.S. men after placing seventh in the 3-meter event.
Young scored 284.85 points to finish fifth in the 10-meter final, led by 72 points on her front 3 ½ pike and 70.40 points on her back 2 ½ with a ½ twists.
China took the top two spots, with Ren Qian scoring 427.80 points for gold and 2013 world champion Si Yajie taking the silver at 385.80. Malaysia’s 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Pandelela Rinong won the Grand Prix bronze with 354.00 in her home country.
Cheyenne Cousineau (Temperance, Mich./Coral Gables, Fla.) also advanced to the women’s platform finals and finished sixth with 246.35 points.
Dorman narrowly missed a spot in the 3-meter finals, finishing seventh overall with 376.25 points. He was fourth in semifinal B, just .35 points behind Colombia’s Sebastian Morales, but only the top three divers from each of the two semifinals advanced to the finals. Aaron Fleshner (Spring, Texas/Tuscaloosa, Ala.) also competed for the U.S. and finished 11th overall and sixth in semifinal B with 310.40 points.
China’s Li Shixin scored 510.70 points in the finals to win gold. Malaysia’s Ooi Tze Liang was second at 461.05, and China’s He Chao took home bronze with 440.65 points.
The Malaysia Grand Prix continues through Sunday, October 26. Saturday’s competition features individual women’s 3-meter and both men’s synchronized events.