SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C./Durham, N.C.) and David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/Coral Gables, Fla.) have advanced to the men’s 10-meter finals and Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.) qualified for the women’s 3-meter final after their performances at the FINA Puerto Rico Grand Prix on Thursday. Their finals are set for Saturday.
Windle advanced to the finals after placing second with 402.15 points in the men’s 10-meter semifinal A on Thursday. The top three finishers from each semifinal qualify for finals.
“I was a little sluggish but I was happy with how I performed. The wind was a little bit too crazy, but I worked with it and did better than I thought I would,” Windle said.
China’s Xu Zewei won semifinal A with 426.30 points, and Sweden’s Jesper Tolvers scored 386.40 for third behind Windle and a spot in the finals.
Dinsmore, who won bronze on the event at the FINA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro in February, qualified for the finals in Puerto Rico after placing third with 403.50 points in semifinal B.
“I’m glad I made finals, but there’s a lot of stuff I need to work on still. My training schedule’s been kind of hectic recently because of all the NCAA meets going on for my team back home. It’s made it a little hard to train lately but I’m happy I made finals and excited to see what I can do on Saturday,” said Dinsmore, who is a freshman at the University of Miami but did not compete collegiately this season.
China’s Lian Junjie was the top qualifier with 476.50 points in semifinal B, with Puerto Rico’s Rafael Quintero (447.15) also advancing out of semi B.
Johnston scored 288.45 points in women’s 3-meter semifinal B to finish third behind China’s Wu Chunting (339.90) and Great Britain’s Rebecca Gallantree (295.95) to earn her spot in the finals.
Kassidy Cook (The Woodlands, Texas) finished seventh overall after placing fourth with 276.20 points in the women’s 3-meter semifinal A. China’s Xu Zhihuan qualified first with 306.00 points, with Canada’s Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu (279.35) and Australia’s Georgia Sheehan (278.40) also advancing to the finals.
The Puerto Rico Grand Prix continues through Sunday, April 3. Friday’s competition features preliminaries and semifinals in women’s 10-meter and men’s 3-meter. Murphy Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas), Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) and Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) will compete for the U.S.