Dash Enos (left) and Henry Fusaro (right) seen here at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Indianapolis.
Dash Enos (Studio City, Calif./University of Southern California) and Henry Fusaro (Scottsdale, Ariz./University of Southern California) crafted a fifth-place finish in the men’s synchronized 3-meter final Friday in Taipei at the 2017 World University Games, scoring 383.46 points. Michal Bower (Loveland, Colo./Indiana University), Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles, Calif./Northwestern University) and Brooke Schultz (Fayetteville, Ark./University of Arkansas) were also in action, competing in the women’s 3-meter event.
Enos and Fusaro opened the straight-to-final event with a back dive pike that earned 49.20 points, the fourth-best dive in the round. The pair followed with a reverse dive pike worth 48.00 points that pushed them into third overall.
Round three saw an inward 2½ somersault pike from Enos and Fusaro that collected 72.90 points followed by a forward 2½ somersault 1 twist pike in round four that totaled 68.40, leaving them in sixth with two dives remaining. The duo closed out with a forward 3½ somersault pike (72.54) and a forward 2½ somersault 2 twist pike (72.42) that sent their score to 383.46. Every point mattered for Enos and Fusaro in the final as fourth-place Ukraine inched them out by .33 points and they topped sixth-place Mexico by .09 points. The podium featured Russia on top with 428.07 points, South Korea in second with 417.93 and Italy earning bronze with 387.12.
Bower etched the top mark of all American women in the 3-meter preliminary, scoring 273.80 points for fifth place. Schultz was not far behind in eighth place with 267.95 points and Rosendahl took 10th with 263.75. Bower and Schultz both advanced to the semifinal as countries are not allowed to advance more than two athletes beyond the preliminary.
Schultz came out firing in the semifinal, holding onto first place through the first four rounds. Her inward 2½ somersault pike in round five received 63.00 points to leave her in second overall with 309.75 points. Bower also finished in the top five, coming in fifth with 272.20 points. Schultz will be seeded second for tomorrow’s final and Bower will be fifth.
The next day of diving at the 2017 World University Games includes the men’s 10-meter preliminary and semifinal, as well as the women’s 3-meter final. Christo Law (San Antonio, Texas/Ohio State University), David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/University of Miami) and Enos will all be competing for the U.S. in the men’s 10-meter preliminary, which kicks off the day at 10:00 PM EST (8/25)/10:00 AM TTZ (8/26). The semifinal for the men’s 10-meter event is scheduled for 1:00 AM EST (8/26)/1:00 PM TTZ (8/26). Bower and Schultz will represent the Stars and Stripes in the women’s 3-meter final starting at 4:00 AM EST (8/26)/4:00 PM TTZ (8/26).
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