High diver Kaylea Arnett dives with the Doha skyline in the background
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Kaylea Arnett Finishes Fourth in 20-Meter High Diving to Lead U.S. at World Championships

Kaylea Arnett led the U.S. women with a fourth-place finish in 20-meter high diving Wednesday at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Arnett, a former national team diver who made her USA high diving debut in Doha, scored 300.05 points on her four dives at the World Championships. She was fifth after Tuesday’s first two rounds but jumped to fourth with 83.30 points on a front triple somersault with a half twist on Wednesday. She finished out her competition with 79.95 points on a reverse triple somersault pike.

Ellie Smart scored 260.60 points to finish ninth, including 64.60 points on her back double somersault with three twists on Wednesday.

Genevieve Sangpan finished 12th with 250.45 points, including 76.50 on a front triple somersault with a half twist.

Australia’s Rhiannon Iffland won gold with 342.00 points, overtaking Canadian Molly Carlson in the final round. Carlson finished with 320.70 points for silver, and Canadian Jessica Macaulay scored 320.35 for bronze.

High diving competition at the World Aquatics Championships wraps up Thursday with the final two rounds of men’s 27-meter diving. James Lichtenstein leads the U.S. men in fourth place after Tuesday’s first two rounds. David Colturi is in 13th place, and Scott Lazeroff is 15th.

High divers Ellie Smart, Genevieve Sangpan and Kaylea Arnett at the World Championships (Photo by USA Diving)