Tarrin Gilliland (Midland, Texas) and Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) placed sixth in synchronized 10-meter with 299.10 points at the FINA Diving World Series in Guangzhou, China on Thursday morning.
China’s Ren Qian and Chang Yani scored 347.82 points to win gold for the second week in a row after also winning at a World Series stop in Beijing last week. North Korea’s Kim Kuk Hyang and Kim Mi Rae, the bronze medalists a week ago, scored 339.72 for silver. Malaysians Pandela Rinong and Jun Hoong Cheong scored 332.46 for bronze after taking silver in Beijing.
Schnell and Gilliland opened competition with 97.20 on their first two dives and then scored 64 points or higher on each of their optional dives. They received 67.50 points on their front 3 ½ pike in round three and then followed with 70.08 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck before closing out their list with 64.32 points on a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists.
The 14-year-old Gilliland and 18-year-old Schnell were competing at their first World Series meet after diving together in three FINA Grand Prix meets in 2016. Their score of 299.10 at the World Series marked their best score together; their previous best was 291.24 at FINA Grand Prix competition in Italy last year.
Gilliland will compete again Friday evening (Saturday morning in Guangzhou) in the individual 10-meter competition.