Former standout Katrina Young continued to represent Team USA following the FINA World Cup earlier this summer, competing in a pair of FINA Grand Prix events in 10-meter synchro alongside Olivia Rosendahl.
While competing at the FINA Grand Prix in Madrid that ran from July 13-15, Rosendahl and Young scored 302.46 points Saturday, just 3.66 points shy of China’s Jiao Jingjing and Zhang Xiaotong, who clinched the gold medal. The American pair began competition at second place following a reverse ½ pike for 45.60 points, 3.6 points behind Jiao and Zhang. They held their spot in the next round after a back ½ pike scored Rosendahl and Young 48.00 points. In the third round, the duo moved up to first place with an inward 3 ½ tuck for 72.00 points. China was able to take back the top spot in the fourth round. Rosendahl and Young held on to second place, ending the finals with their strongest dive, a back 2 ½ somersaults with 1 ½ twists for 72.96 points to seal their silver medals.
The first stop for Team USA was in Bolzano, Italy from July 6-8 and Rosendahl and Young began their competition for 243.78 points at fifth place following a reverse ½ pike for 42.00 points. The pair jumped up to second in the second round on a back half pike, which scored for 44.40 points, before slipping to third in the next round on an inward 3 ½ tuck for 50.88 points. Despite sliding down to fifth place in the fourth round on a missed front 3 ½ pike, the pair climbed back up to third in the final on a back 2 ½ somersaults with 1 ½ twists for 62.40 points.
Jensen Earns Danish Title
Incoming freshman Laura Jensen repeated as the Danish champion in the 200m free over the weekend with a time of 2:01.42 while representing H20 Odense. Jensen also took home silver in the 800m free (8:57.96) 100m free (56.26) and 200m back (2:17.74). Jensen also competed in prelims of the 400m free, touching with a time of 4:25.84 and 200m IM, where she clocked a time of 2:24.86.
Jensen will set her sights on the 2018 European Championships that will run from Aug. 1-12 in Glasgow, Scotland, where she will be one of four Seminoles competing.
Jensen also won the 200m free in 2017 (2:00.51) and also competed at the 2017 European Short Course Championships.
Bastain Gears Up For CAC Games
Incoming freshman Izaak Bastain is gearing up for the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. Bastain will represent the Bahamas and is scheduled to compete in the 50m, 100m, and 200m breast in addition to the 50m fly and 50m free. The swimming portion of the event will run from July 20-25.
Bastain is a two-time FHSAA 1A state champion in the 100 breast while representing St. Andrew’s. As a member of the Bahamas National Swim Team, he has competed at the CARIFTA Games, CCCAN, CISC, Commonwealth Youth Games and the 2016 Junior Pan Pacific Championships.
Courtesy of Christa Salerno