Harris and Fowler place in top 10 at World Junior Championships
by Jared Cruz-Aedo
Nick Harris (The University of Texas) and Max Fowler (Montgomery Dive Club) both advanced to 16-18 boys’ 3-meter final Thursday at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Montreal.
Harris finished fourth, missing out on the podium by less than two points. He finished with 510.10 points, 1.4 points behind Brazil’s Rafael Silva Max De Almeida. Harris’ strongest dive came in the second round, when he scored 69.75 points on his forward 3½ somersaults pike.
Fowler placed ninth with 486.85 points. Fowler’s strongest dive was in the final round when he scored 67.50 points on an inward 2½ somersaults pike.
Italy’s Matteo Santoro took gold, and Germany’s Jonathan Gisbert Schauer won silver.
In the 16-18 girls’ 1-meter preliminary, Ellie Joyce (Dominion Dive Club) and Lily Witte (Wolverine Diving) both missed their final dive and missed out on qualifying for the finals. Joyce finished 13th with a score of 324.55. Joyce’s strongest dive came in the sixth round with her forward 2½ somersaults pike scoring 54.60. Witte finished right below Joyce in the preliminary at 14th with a score of 324.20. Witte’s strongest dive also came in the sixth round with her forward 2½ somersaults pike scoring 50.70. Germany’s Lotti Hubert won gold, Canada’s Sonya Palkhivala won silver, and Great Britain’s Tilly Brown took bronze.
Harris and Fowler will compete again Friday when they pair up in the boys’ synchronized 3-meter event. Friday’s competition also features two 14-15 events. Isabel Baley and Molly Gray will compete in girls’ 1-meter, and Josh Hedberg and Nathaniel Grannis will dive in boys’ platform. All competitions will be streamed on FINA’s YouTube Channel. To view the full event schedule, click here.