U.S. Picks Up Four Top-Six Finishes on Last Day of World Aquatics World Cup Super Final
Brandon Loschiavo and Sarah Bacon finished fifth in the individual men’s 10-meter and women’s 3-meter competitions, while Loschiavo also helped the U.S. to a fourth-place finish in the mixed team event as the World Aquatics Diving World Cup Super Final came to a close Sunday in Berlin.
The U.S. had a pair of top-six finishes on 3-meter, as Bacon took fifth and Hailey Hernandez placed sixth. Bacon scored 309.55 points, highlighted by 67.50 points on her front 2 ½ with one twist in the last round. Hernandez finished with 291.60 points, including 60 on her front 2 ½ with one twist.
China’s Chen Yiwen won gold after finishing with 344.15 points, just edging out Japan’s Sayaka Mikami, who took silver at 342.60. China’s Chang Yani scored 318.50 points for bronze.
In the individual 10-meter final, Loschiavo scored 458.40 points for fifth, highlighted by 86.40 points on his armstand double back somersault with 2 ½ twists. He also scored 70 or more points on each of his five other dives.
Zach Cooper also represented the United States in the 10-meter contest and advanced to the final, finishing 10th with 343.65 points. China’s Yang Hao won gold with 537.25 points, while Ukraine’s Oleksii Sereda took silver with 480.45 points. Noah Williams of Great Britain rounded out the medalists with 468.05 points.
Loschiavo, Cooper and Hernandez joined Nike Agunbiade in the mixed team event. The U.S. squad finished fourth at 382.65, just 5.3 points behind the bronze medalists from Great Britain. Canada won gold, and Australia finished second. In the mixed team event, one male and one female diver each perform an individual dive and then pair up for a synchronized dive on both 3-meter and 10-meter. Normally a 10-meter diver, Loschiavo went down to the 3-meter for the team event and came through with 70.20 points on back 3 ½ tuck. He and Hernandez synched up for 60.75 points on an inward 2 ½ tuck. After scoring just 63 points on his armstand double back somersault with 2 ½ twists in the individual final earlier in the day, Cooper scored 70.20 points on the same dive in the team event. He and Agunbiade paired up for a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists that earned 67.20 points.