6 Takeaways from the World Championships Individual Trials

By USA Diving | May 24, 2017, 4:56 p.m. (ET)

The best divers in America were in Indianapolis this past weekend for the 2017 World Championships Individual Trials with eight spots on the line to represent Team USA at the 2017 FINA World Championships this summer in Budapest, Hungary. The competition was fierce and drama-filled, so here’s a glance at what came out of a stellar weekend in Indy.

1. The American men are stacked on 3-meter

Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) and Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) will be representing the Stars and Stripes on 3-meter at the 2017 FINA World Championships, letting the world know that the U.S. will have two Olympic medalists competing for spots on the podium. Hixon (1317.55) topped Johnson (1314.00) at World Championships Trials after the two traded the top spot throughout the final, showcasing that both athletes have the ability to contend for medals this coming July. Hixon and Johnson also went 1-2 on 1-meter at the 2016 USA Diving Winter Nationals, solidifying their spots in that event at the World Championships as well.

2. Jessica Parratto is doing what few women on the planet are doing

Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) has been working on the difficult back 3 ½ pike, a dive with a degree of difficulty of 3.6 that very few women in the world are doing. She scored 66.60 points on the dive in both the preliminary and the semifinal at the World Championships Trials. She then bested that mark with a 70.20 in the final. Parratto looks to only improve on the dive as worlds approach, stating that “It’s a really difficult dive, but I’ve been training it for a few months now and it’s slowly getting there. I’m pretty close to actually getting it down.” Joining Parratto in the 10-meter competition will be Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.). Schnell dazzled in the final at World Championships Trials with a gutsy performance, topping Tarrin Gilliland (Liberty Hill, Texas/Midland, Texas) by .05 to punch her ticket to Budapest. The Arizona native nailed an inward 3½ somersault tuck on her final dive, scoring 81.60 to jettison into second place.

3. Schultz and Palmer prove elite on 3-meter

Brooke Schultz (Fayetteville, Ark.) and Krysta Palmer (Carson City, Nev./Reno, Nev.) ran away with the top two spots at the World Championships Trials with Schultz taking first at 976.30 and Palmer collecting second with 927.60. While the discrepancy between the two seemed large, third place was 866.50, leaving no doubt that the two are the best-suited divers to represent Team USA in the event in Budapest. Like Parratto, Palmer is doing a dive that few women in the sport are attempting. Her execution on a forward 2½ somersault 2 twist pike gave her 71.40 points in the final, the highest scoring dive of her final.

4. Dinsmore and Windle ready to represent the Red, White and Blue on 10-meter

Team USA will feature David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/Miami, Fla.) and Jordan Windle (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in the men’s 10-meter event at worlds, and the two showed that they are ready for the limelight at World Championships Trials. Dinsmore and Windle went 1-2 throughout the entire competition with Dinsmore taking first at 1428.75 and Windle coming in second at 1415.00. Dinsmore posted eight dives of 80.00+ points over the course of the meet and three over 90.00+ points. Windle added his own fire with four dives of 80.00+, two of 90.00+ and one of 100.00+ points. 

5. The more, the merrier

Three Olympians added an individual event to their World Championships schedules after placing first or second at World Championships Trials. Johnson, Hixon and Parratto will all be busy in Hungary. The athletes and their events are listed below:

Hixon: Men’s 1-meter, men’s 3-meter, men’s synchronized 3-meter (with Sam Dorman)

Johnson: Men’s 1-meter, men’s 3-meter, men’s synchronized 10-meter (with Brandon Loschiavo)

Parratto: Women’s 10-meter, women’s synchronized 10-meter (with Gilliland)

Two other world team members will be competing in multiple events. Maria Coburn (Round Rock, Texas) competing in the women’s 1-meter event and in the women’s synchronized 3-meter event alongside 2016 Olympian Kassidy Cook (The Woodlands, Texas/Stanford, Calif.). Gilliland (Liberty Hill, Texas/Midland, Texas) will also be competing in two events including the women’s synchronized 10-meter with Parratto and the mixed synchronized 10-meter with Andrew Capobianco (Holly Springs, N.C.).

6. The World Championships roster is set 

Below is the complete roster representing Team USA in the dive well at the 2017 FINA World Championships:

Men’s 1-meter
Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.)
Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.)

Women’s 1-meter
Maria Coburn (Round Rock, Texas) 
Alison Gibson (Austin, Texas)

Men’s 3-meter
Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.)
Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.)

Women’s 3-meter
Brooke Schultz (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Krysta Palmer (Carson City, Nev./Reno, Nev.)

Men’s 10-meter 
David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/Miami, Fla.)
Jordan Windle (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Women’s 10-meter
Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.)
Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.)

Men’s synchronized 3-meter
Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Miami, Fla.)
Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.)

Women’s synchronized 3-meter
Maria Coburn (Round Rock, Texas)
Kassidy Cook (The Woodlands, Texas/Stanford, Calif.)

Men’s synchronized 10- meter
Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.)
Brandon Loschiavo (Huntington Beach, Calif./West Lafayette, Ind.)

Women’s synchronized 10-meter
Tarrin Gilliland (Liberty Hill, Texas/Midland, Texas) 
Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.)

Mixed synchronized 3-meter
Briadam Herrera (Miami, Fla.)
Lauren Reedy (Rochester Hills, Mich./Columbia, Mo.)

Mixed synchronized 10-meter
Andrew Capobianco (Holly Springs, N.C.)
Tarrin Gilliland (Liberty Hill, Texas/Midland, Texas)