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U.S. wins a pair of synchro medals at Australia Grand Prix

By USA Diving | Oct. 31, 2015, 3:11 p.m. (ET)

U.S. divers won a pair of medals in synchronized events Saturday at the FINA Grand Prix Gold Coast meet in Australia. Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) and Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind.) won silver in men’s synchronized 3-meter. Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.) and Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) were third in women’s synchronized 10-meter.

Cozad, Hixon and Schmidt also competed in Saturday’s individual final. Schmidt finished fifth and Hixon was sixth in the men’s 3-meter final. Cozad placed fifth in the women’s 10-meter final.

Hixon and Schmidt paired for 376.74 points for silver in the synchronized 3-meter, edging the Australian bronze medalists Matthew Mitcham and Grant Nel by 3.33 points. The German duo of Patrick Hausding and Stephan Feck took the gold with 396.12 points.

In the individual 3-meter contest, Schmidt finished with 362.25 points for fifth. Hixon was sixth at 359.30. China’s Huang Bowen topped the field with 458.80 points for gold. Australia’s Joshua Kehagias took silver with 444.15 points, and Malaysia’s Ahman Amsyar Azman scored 416.20 for bronze.

Cozad and Parratto came from behind to finish with 279.90 points for bronze in the women’s synchronized 10-meter contest. Heading into the final round, Australians Emily Meaney and Annarose Keating were in third place and led the Americans by 1.62 points. Cozad and Parratto closed out their list with 64.32 points on a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists to overtake the Australians, who finished fourth with 276.72 points. China’s Ji Siyu and Ding Yaying won with 330.84, and Pandelela Rinong and Jun Hoong Cheong of Malaysia scored 312.72 for silver.

Ji also won gold in the individual 10-meter contest as she dominated the final with 368.05 points. Canada’s Celina Toth scored 319.65 points for silver, and Cheong claimed her second medal of the day with 310.85 points for bronze. Cozad was fifth with 295.50 points.

The FINA Grand Prix Gold Coast meet concludes Sunday. Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa) and Maren Taylor (Arlington, Va./Austin, Texas) will compete in women’s synchronized 3-meter on the final day of competition.

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