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Carpenter, Cooper Lead US After Two Rounds of High Diving at World Championships

High diving competition at the World Aquatics Championships kicked off with the first two rounds of dives on Tuesday in Fukuoka, Japan.

Meili Carpenter leads the U.S. women with fifth place in 20-meter diving, while Matt Cooper is seventh in 27-meter diving to lead the U.S. men.

Carpenter will head into Wednesday’s final with 140.40 points, including 85.80 on her front triple somersaults with 1 ½ twists. Ellie Smart is 10th with 115.20 points, and Maria Smirnov sits in 13th place with 106 points. Susanna Fish rounds out the U.S. women with 84.70 points for 18th place.

Meili Carpenter (Photo by Getty Images)

Cooper scored 183.75 points on his first two dives, including 124.95 on his forward five somersaults with a half twist, to head into Thursday’s final two rounds in seventh place. U.S. teammate James Lichtenstein is just behind Cooper in eighth place with 182 points, highlighted by 131.60 on his armstand back 4 ½ somersaults tuck. David Colturi is 11th with 171.70 points.  

The final two rounds of the women’s competition are set for 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 25, with the men’s final set for 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 26. The competition can be viewed live on the World Aquatics Recast Channel.