Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.) and Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) advanced to the finals in individual women’s 10-meter and men’s 3-meter events Saturday at the FINA Diving World Series in Windsor, Ontario. Both finished sixth in their respective events.
In World Series competition, individual competitors compete in one of two semifinals, with the top three from each semifinal advancing to the finals. Cozad and Hixon each finished third in their semifinals to advance to the finals.
In the men’s 3-meter final, Hixon finished with 488.80 points to finish sixth. He scored more than80 or more points on four of his six dives, including 91.80 on his inward 3 ½ tuck in the last round. China’s Cao Yuan scored 540.15 for the gold, while his teammate He Chao finished with 534.95 for silver. Ukraine’s Illya Kvasha finished third at 505.35. Hixon score 460.90 points to finish third behind Cao and Kvasha in semifinal B to advance to the finals.
Cozad advanced to her first World Series final on 10-meter and finished sixth with 307.10 points. China’s Ren Qian dominated the field to win gold with 445.25 points after receiving 10s from at least one judge on three of her five dives. Canadians Roseline Filion (378.85) and Meaghan Benfeito (372.70) won silver and bronze. Cozad advanced to the finals after scoring 333.10 to finish third behind Malaysia’s Pandelela Rinong and Filion in semifinal B.
The FINA Diving World Series is an invitation-only series for the top finishers from the 2015 World Championships. The competition in Windsor is the third of four stops on the 2016 World Series.
The World Series event in Windsor continues through Sunday, April 17. Sunday’s competition features David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) and Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) in the individual men’s 10-meter event. Boudia and Johnson paired for sixth in the men’s synchronized 10-meter contest Friday.