Grayson Campbell (left) and Meghan O'Brien (right) finished fourth in the mixed synchronized 3-meter final at the 2017 World University Games
Grayson Campbell (Vienna, Va./University of Texas) and Meghan O’Brien (Concord, Mass./University of Texas) crafted a score of 274.20 points to finish fourth in the mixed synchronized 3-meter final at the 2017 World University Games in Taipei on Tuesday. Fellow American Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles, Calif./Northwestern University) was also in action, taking sixth in the women’s platform semifinal with 284.30 points to advance to Wednesday’s final.
The straight-to-final event put pressure on the entire mixed synchronized 3-meter field, but Campbell and O’Brien showed no signs of nerves right out of the gate. They opened by posting the highest score of the first round with 48.00 points on a forward 1½ somersault pike. The Longhorn duo then put up a mark of 44.40 on a reverse dive pike in round two, leaving them sixth after two rounds.
Campbell and O’Brien rebounded by connecting on an inward 2½ somersault pike in round three that earned 68.40 points, giving them the second-highest score of the round and putting them in second overall.
Round four proved to be critical as Campbell and O’Brien only managed 51.30 points on a back 2½ somersault pike, taking them from second to fifth overall with one dive remaining. The Texas twosome bounced back with a forward 2½ somersault 1 twist pike worth 62.10 points in the final round to clinch fourth with a total of 274.20. The score was just 2.94 points shy of bronze.
The podium featured Mexico’s Adan Zuniga and Arantxa Chavez on top with 302.01 points, Ukraine’s Stanislav Oliferchyk and Viktoriya Kesar in second with 284.64, and Italy’s Gabriele Auber and Laura Bilotta inched out the U.S. with 277.14 points.
Rosendahl produced a strong semifinal performance in the women’s platform event, totaling 284.30 for sixth. Rosendahl, fresh off a national championship in women’s platform, had three dives of 60.20 or more points in the semifinal. She opened with her highest-scoring dive of the semifinal, scoring 70.40 points on a back 2½ somersault 1½ twist pike. The next two rounds saw her score 51.20 (armstand back 2 somersault 1½ twist free) and 41.60 (inward 3½ somersault tuck). The Northwestern Wildcat closed well in the final two rounds, scoring 60.90 (back 2½ somersault pike) and 60.20 (reverse 2½ somersault tuck) to finish sixth and advance to the final.
North Korea’s Kuk Hyang Kim (360.55), Australia’s Brittany O’Brien (305.80) and Canada’s Elaena Dick (297.00) make up the top three seeds.
Rosendahl came in fourth in the preliminary earlier in the day with a score of 299.65, proving that she can be a threat for a medal in the final.
The next day of diving at the 2017 World University Games includes the men’s 3-meter preliminary and semifinal, along with the women’s platform final. Mark Anderson (Lake Forest, Calif./University of Texas), Dash Enos (Studio City, Calif./University of Southern California) and Briadam Herrera (Miami, Fla./University of Miami) will all be competing for the U.S. in the men’s 3-meter preliminary, which starts the day at 10:00 PM EST (8/22)/10:00 AM TTZ (8/23). Rosendahl will be in the women’s platform final beginning at 4:00 AM EST (8/23)/4:00 PM TTZ (8/23).
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