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Three U.S. High Divers in Top Five After Two Rounds at World Championships

Ellie Smart and James Lichtenstein each stand in fourth place after the first two rounds of high diving competition Tuesday at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

In Tuesday’s women’s 20-meter high diving competition, Smart came through for 139.90 points on her two dives, including 84 points on her armstand back 2 ½ somersaults with two twists. She’ll head into Wednesday’s final two rounds just 1.15 points out of third place.

Former national team diver Kaylea Arnett made her USA high diving debut and scored 136.80 points on her first two dives to sit in fifth place heading into Wednesday’. She notched 90 points on her inward triple somersault with a half twist.

Genevieve Sangpan rounded out the U.S. women and is in 12th place with 124.00 on her first two dives, including 79.80 on her back triple somersault tuck.

In men’s 27-meter competition, Lichtenstein scored 179.20 points on his two dives, good for fourth fourth place – just 1.5 points out of third – heading into Thursday’s final two men's rounds. He picked up 120.40 points on his back 4 ½ somersaults tuck.

David Colturi is in 13th with 138.40 points, including 78.20 on a back triple somersault with three twists.

Scott Lazeroff made his USA high diving debut and is in 15th place after his first two dives. He’s at 124.60, including 64.40 points on a reverse double somersault with one twist.

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