Olivia Rosendahl (above) seen here at the 2017 World Championships Individual Trials in Indianapolis.
Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles, Calif./Northwestern University) finished eighth in the women’s 10-meter final on Wednesday at the 2017 World University Games in Taipei, capping off a day that featured four Americans in competition. Briadam Herrera (Miami, Fla./University of Miami), Dash Enos (Studio City, Calif./University of Southern California) and Mark Anderson (Lake Forest, Calif./University of Texas) were also in action in the men’s 3-meter event.
Rosendahl crafted a score of 279.50 to solidify eighth place in the women’s 10-meter final, tallying three dives of 60.90 or more points. She opened with 62.40 points on a back 2½ somersault 1½ twist pike and followed with an armstand back 2 somersault 1½ twist free worth 65.60 points in round two, her highest-scoring dive of the day.
Round three saw Rosendahl perform an inward 3½ somersault tuck that earned 52.80 points, leaving her in fifth overall. She then collected 60.90 points on a back 2½ somersault pike in round four to hold onto fifth. However, it was Rosendahl’s fifth dive that set her back a few spots in the rankings as she posted 37.80 points on a reverse 2½ somersault tuck, falling out of the top five but still clinching a top-10 finish.
North Korean’s Kuk Hyang Kim (350.55) and Un Hyang Kim (335.25) went gold-silver in the final with Canada’s Celina Toth (329.20) taking bronze.
The men’s 3-meter preliminary saw Herrera, Enos and Anderson vying for spots in the semifinal with the top 18 advancing. Herrera was the highest-scoring U.S. diver, taking 10th overall in the preliminary with a score of 387.25, qualifying him for the semifinal. Enos also made the semifinal with a mark of 370.85, good enough for 14th in the preliminary. Anderson just missed out on the semifinal, finishing 19th in the preliminary with 357.25 points.
Herrera punched his ticket to the final with an eighth-place finish in the semifinal, totaling 416.00 points. He had three dives top the 70.00-point mark, including a forward 2½ somersault 2 twist pike that earned 81.60 points, the exact score he received on the dive in the preliminary. Herrera will be chasing after Russia’s Ilia Zakharov and Evgenii Kuzanetsov, who went 1-2 in the semifinal, and South Korea’s Yeongnam Kim who took third overall.
Enos was one-spot removed from making the final, finishing 13th overall in the semifinal. The University of Southern California Trojan amassed 376.20 points, including two scores worth 71.40 or more points, but faltered in round five, collecting only 42.00 points on a reverse 2½ somersault pike. Enos closed out his semifinal with his highest-scoring dive, a reverse 1½ somersault 3½ twist free worth 71.75 points.
The next day of diving at the 2017 World University Games includes the mixed synchronized 10-meter final, men’s 3-meter final and women’s synchronized 3-meter final. Rosendahl and Christo Law (San Antonio Texas/Ohio State University) will be competing for the U.S. in the mixed synchronized 10-meter final, which kicks off the day at 1:00 AM EST (8/24)/1:00 PM TTZ (8/24). Herrera will be in the men’s 3-meter final at 2:45 AM EST (8/24)/2:45 PM TTZ (8/24), and Brooke Schultz (Fayetteville, Ark./University of Arkansas) and Alison Gibson (Austin, Texas/University of Texas) will represent the Stars and Stripes in the women’s synchronized 3-meter final starting at 4:45 AM EST (8/24)/4:45 PM TTZ (8/24).
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