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Dorman and Hixon finish fourth at FINA World Series in Windsor

By USA Diving | April 21, 2017, 7:34 p.m. (ET)

Olympic synchronized 3-meter silver medalists Sam Dorman (Miami, Florida) and Michael Hixon (Amherst, Massachusetts) finished fourth in the men’s synchronized 3-meter event at the final stop of the FINA Diving World Series, scoring 397.32 in Windsor, Ontario Friday evening.

The duo, recent winners of the event at the 2017 USA Diving Synchronized National Championships, fought through tough competition and lit up the scoreboard with scores of 81.60 on a forward 2½ somersaults 2 twists pike and 73.50 on a reverse 1½ somersaults 3½ twists. Russia’s Ilia Zakharov and Evgenii Kuznetsov placed first with a score of 422.88, with Mexican divers Jahir Ocampo Marroquin and Rommel Pacheco Marrufo claiming second at 411.51. China’s Xie Siyi and Cao Yuan rounded out the podium with 400.50 for third.

Dorman and Hixon held off the German pair of Stephan Feck and Patrick Hausding, who finished fifth with a score of 396.69.

Fellow Olympian Jessica Parratto (Dover, New Hampshire) and new synchronized platform teammate Tarrin Gilliland (Midland, Texas) competed earlier in the day, posting a score of 287.70 for a fifth-place finish in the women’s synchronized 10-meter final. The newly-formed partnership concocted a score of 69.30 in round three on a front 3½ pike and closed their final with 66.24 points on a back 2½ with 1½ twists.

China’s Si Yajie and Ren Qian placed first with 336.66, followed by Malaysians Nur Dhabitah and Pandelela Pamg in second with 298.80, Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson of Great Britain in third at 298.62 and Canada’s Caeli McKay and Meaghan Benfeito with 293.82 points. Russia’s Valeriia Belova and Iulia Timoshinina finished sixth with 268.14 points.

The FINA Diving World Series Windsor runs through April 23 with Parratto and Dorman scheduled for individual events tomorrow. Parratto will be competing on 10-meter while Dorman will be in the men’s 3-meter field. For streaming information, click here.

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