Diving competition at the FINA World Championships wrapped up Saturday as David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/Miami, Fla.) placed sixth in the men’s 10-meter final and Briadam Herrera (Miami, Fla.) and Lauren Reedy (Rochester Hills, Mich./Columbia, Mo.) tied for 10th in mixed synchronized 3-meter. Dinsmore finished with 479.75 points for sixth in a contest won by Great Britain’s Tom Daley at 590.95. China took silver and bronze as Chen Aisen scored 585.25 and Yang Jian tallied 565.15 points.Dinsmore slowly climbed his way into the top six after missing his first dive, an inward 3 1/2 tuck, for just 59.2 points to sit in 12
Dinsmore slowly climbed his way into the top six after missing his first dive, an inward 3 1/2 tuck, for just 59.2 points to sit in 12th place after round one. “I just came around and missed my hands and kind of tucked my head going into the water. I was a little bummed about that but I wanted to come back and hit the rest of my dives just to go out strong and show everyone that I deserve to be here,” Dinsmore said.
He came back with 76.5 points on a front 3 ½ pike in round two and then scored more than 80 points on each of his final four dives as he moved up in the standings after each round. He earned 86.4 points on his armstand double back somersault with 2 ½ twists in round three and moved up to ninth after 80.85 points on his fourth-round back 3 ½ tuck. He jumped to eighth with 85 points on his reverse 3 ½ tuck in round five and closed out his list with 91.80 points on a back 2 ½ with 2 ½ to finish sixth in the final standings.
“It was a lot of fun. I always check the scoreboard to see how everyone’s doing, I just followed the scoreboard and tried to get myself a little higher and higher each time and ended up going from 12th to sixth, so I’m happy about that,” Dinsmore said. On Tuesday, Dinsmore paired with Krysta Palmer to win bronze in the mixed 3-meter/10-meter team event.
Herrera and Reedy scored 270.06 points to tie the Ukrainian pair of Viktoriya Kesar and Stanislav Oliferchyk for 10th place in the mixed 3-meter synchro event. China’s Wang Han and Li Zheng won gold with 323.70 points, while Great Britain’s Tom Daley and Grace Reid scored 308.04 points for silver. Canadians Jennifer Abel and Francois Imbeau-Dulac rounded out the medalists with 297.72 points for bronze.
Reedy and Herrera started slow with just 79.20 points on their two voluntary dives, but came back strong with more than 60 points on their final three dives – a back 2 ½ pike, a front 3 ½ pike and a front 2 ½ with 2 twists. The Americans were one of only two teams performing the front 2 ½ with 2 twists, a difficult dive most women do not compete. Other than the U.S. team, only the Canadians included the dive in their list.
Courtesy of Jennifer Lowery | USA Diving