Wright finishes ninth in women’s 10-meter final at FINA World Championships

by USA Diving

Daryn Wright (Plainfield, Ind./Indiana International School of Diving) placed ninth in the women’s 10-meter platform final Monday at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Wright scored 277.10 points in her first World Championships final. China took the top two spots, with Chen Yuxi scoring 417.25 to edge teammate Quan Hongchan by just 0.30 points for the gold. Malaysia’s Pandelela Pamg scored 338.35 points for bronze.

Wright started strong with 61.50 points on her front 3 ½ somersault pike in the first round. She was in seventh place after three rounds, but a miss on her fourth-round back 3 ½ somersault tuck dropped her to 11th. She closed out her list with 64 points on a back 2 ½ somersault with 1 ½ twists to move back up to ninth.

In Monday’s men’s 3-meter preliminary, Tyler Downs (Ballwin, Mo.) finished 20th with 362.55 points and Carson Tyler (Moultrie, Ga./Johansen Diving Academy) placed 31st with 346.75 points as the U.S. missed out on spots in the 18-diver semifinal.

Downs was in 14th place with two dives remaining, but a miss on his reverse 3 ½ somersault tuck in the fifth round dropped him to 25th. He finished his list with 71.40 points on a front 2 ½ somersault with two twists to bump him up to 20th – just 1.9 points behind Japan’s Haruki Sayuma, who finished 18th to grab the final spot into the semifinals.

Tyler started off with solid dives in the first two rounds, scoring 63 points on an inward 2 ½ somersault pike and 65.10 points on a front 3 ½ somersault pike to sit in 15th place with four dives to go. A miss on his front 2 ½ somersault with two twists in round three dropped him to 28th at the halfway point, and he was never able to get back into the top 18.

Diving events at the FINA World Championships continue through July 3. Wright will compete again in Wednesday’s mixed team event, while Tyler is slated to dive in Friday’s mixed synchronized 10-meter contest. Tuesday’s competition features men’s synchronized 10-meter, with Zach Cooper (Greenwood, Ind./University of Miami) and Max Flory (Fairfax, Va./University of Miami) representing the United States. The men’s 3-meter final is also set for Tuesday.