Four U.S. Divers Qualify for Finals at World Aquatics Diving World Cup

by USA Diving

The U.S. advanced four more divers to Sunday’s individual finals after a strong showing Saturday at the World Aquatics Diving World Cup in Montreal.

Sarah Bacon and Hailey Hernandez qualified for the women’s 3-meter final, and Brandon Loschiavo and Zachary Cooper advanced to the men’s 10-meter final.

Bacon, who won silver with Kassidy Cook in Friday’s synchronized 3-meter event, scored 339.90 to finish third in Saturday’s individual preliminary. She scored 74.40 points or higher on three dives, including 78 on her inward 2 ½ pike in the first round and 76.50 on her front 2 ½ with one twist in the last round.

Hernandez also qualified for the 3-meter final after finishing seventh with 306.20 points in the preliminary. In ninth place heading into the last round, Hernandez jumped two spots in the standings after closing out her list with 69 points on her front 2 ½ with one twist.

Loschiavo and Cooper finished eighth and ninth in the 10-meter preliminary to qualify for the finals. Loschiavo scored 449.75 points, while Cooper ended the prelim with 437.65 points. Both divers scored 86.95 points on their front 4 ½ tucks, and Loschiavo added 81 points on an armstand double back with 2 ½ twists.

Saturday’s competition also included two synchronized events. Olympic silver medalists Delaney Schnell and Jessica Parratto, competing together for the first time since the Olympic Games in Tokyo, finished seventh with 281.51 points in the women’s synchronized 10-meter final. China’s Chen Yuxi and Quan Hongchan scored 378.60 for gold. Great Britain’s Lois Toulson and Andrea Spendolini Sirieix took silver at 316.68, and Germany’s Christina Wassen and Elena Wassen finished with 302.58 for bronze.

In men’s synchronized 3-meter, Tyler Downs and Greg Duncan scored 395.64 points to finish sixth. China’s Long Daoyi and Wang Zongyuan took gold at 492.18. Great Britain’s Jack Laugher and Anthony Harding finished with 443.10 for silver, and the Japanese pair of Yuto Araki and Haruki Suyama claimed bronze at 410.07.

The World Aquatics Diving World Cup wraps up Sunday with four individual event finals as well as the mixed team event. The U.S. qualified six divers into the individual finals. On Friday, Downs qualified for the men’s 3-meter final and Nike Agunbiade earned a spot in the women’s 10-meter final. Competition begins at 10 a.m.