Schnell Fourth in 10-Meter Semifinal, Qualifies for World Championships Final
Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz./University of Arizona) placed fourth in the women’s individual 10-meter semifinals Tuesday at the World Aquatics Championships to qualify for Wednesday’s finals in Fukuoka, Japan.
The 12 finalists earn quota spots for their countries to compete in the event at next year’s Olympic Games in Paris.
Schnell finished with 336.55 points in the 10-meter semifinal. She was eighth after three rounds before scoring 70.50 points on a front 3 ½ somersaults pike and 73.60 points on an inward 3 ½ somersaults tuck in the last two rounds to move up to fourth in the final standings. Schnell advanced to the semifinals after placing eighth in the preliminaries.
Nike Agunbiade (Pacifica, Calif./University of Southern California) also competed in the women’s 10-meter preliminaries and finished 22nd with 264.15 points in her first World Championships. She scored 57.60 points on her armstand double back somersault with 1 ½ twists and 54.40 points on an inward 3 ½ somersaults tuck.
The United States finished fifth with 421.40 points in Tuesday’s mixed 3-meter/10-meter team competition, a non-Olympic event. In the mixed team event, one female and one male diver each compete an individual dive and perform a synchronized dive together on 3-meter and 10-meter. Up to four divers may comprise the team. Krysta Palmer (Reno, Nevada/Nevada Diving) and Jack Ryan (Denver, Colo./Stanford University), who will compete together in Saturday’s mixed synchronized 3-meter contest, represented the U.S. in the three 3-meter dives. Palmer scored 64.50 points on a back 2 ½ somersaults pike while Ryan performed a reverse 3 ½ somersaults tuck for 77.00 points before the two paired up for 71.40 points on a front 2 ½ somersaults with two twists. Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Johansen Diving Academy) and Jordan Rzepka (Solon, Ohio/Purdue Diving) performed the three 10-meter dives. Parratto scored 62.40 points on an inward 3 ½ somersaults tuck, with Rzepka earning 75.60 on an armstand double back somersault with 2 ½ twists. They teamed up for 70.50 points on a front 3 ½ somersaults pike.
China won the team event with 489.65 points, with Mexico finishing with 455.35 points for silver and Germany taking bronze at 432.15.
Diving events at the World Aquatics Championships continue through July 22. Wednesday’s competition features men’s 3-meter preliminaries (8 p.m. ET on Tuesday) and semifinals (2:30 a.m. ET) along with Schnell in the women’s 10-meter final (5 a.m. ET). Andrew Capobianco (Holly Springs, N.C./Johansen Diving Academy) and Tyler Downs (Ballwin, Mo./Ripfest) will represent the United States on 3-meter. Prelims and semis will be streamed on the World Aquatics Recast channel, and finals will be available on Peacock.