Team USA divers won bronze medals in a pair of synchronized events on the opening day of the FINA Diving World Series stop in Montreal.
Michael Hixon and Sam Dorman captured third place in the men’s 3-meter synchronized event, and Steele Johnson and Brandon Loschiavo were third in the men’s 10-meter synchro.
Hixon and Dorman, who won silver at the same event in their Olympic debut in Rio in 2016, had a score of 83.22 on their final dive Friday night to edge out Canada’s Philippe Gagne and Francois Imbeau-Dulac for third place. Hixon and Dorman had a total score of 410.13 points.
Siyi Xie and Yuan Cao of China won the event with a score of 463.38, and Ilia Zakharov and Evgenii Kuznetsov of Russia were second with a score of 425.10.
Johnson, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist with David Boudia in synchro, and Loschiavo won the first U.S. medal of the weekend on Friday afternoon. They secured the bronze with scores of 86.58 and 79.92 on their final two dives.
They trailed second-place finishers Aleksandr Bondar and Viktor Minibaev of Russia by less than five points. China’s Jian Yang and Bo Qiu won the event with a score of 472.11.
Hixon and Johnson compete Saturday in the men’s 3-meter individual.
Jessica Parratto, a 2016 Olympian, placed fifth in the women’s 10-meter synchro with 15-year-old Tarrin Gilliland. Parratto competes in the 10-meter individual event on Saturday.
Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.