USA Diving Features Maria Coburn wins si...

Maria Coburn wins silver on 3-meter at FINA Grand Prix in Madrid

By USA Diving | May 26, 2017, 1:22 p.m. (ET)

                Maria Coburn (Round Rock, Texas) won her first senior international medal after claiming silver in women’s 3-meter and Hailey Hernandez (Southlake, Texas) advanced to her first senior international final Friday at FINA Grand Prix competition in Madrid, Spain.
                The 15-year-old Coburn scored 295.70 points in the 3-meter final, finishing second only to Canadian Olympian Pamela Ware, who won with 301.35 points. Coburn edged the Netherlands’ Inge Jansen by a tenth of a point for the silver medal.
                Coburn was in third place heading into the final round but narrowly pulled ahead of Jansen after scoring 62 points on her final dive, a front 3 ½ pike. She scored 63 points on her front 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists and added more than 55 points on each of her other three dives.
                The Madrid Grand Prix is Coburn’s third senior international meet and the first in which she has reached the podium. She won gold on 1-meter and silver on 3-meter at the 2016 FINA World Junior Championships and will represent the United States on 1-meter and synchronized 3-meter at this summer’s FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
                Hernandez, 14, joined Coburn in the women’s 3-meter final and finished sixth with 230.75 points in her first senior international meet. Hernandez advanced to the 3-meter final after placing third with 268.20 points in semifinal A. In Grand Prix competition, the top 12 divers from the preliminaries advance to one of two semifinals, with the top three divers from each semifinal earning a spot in the final. Hernandez scored 59.40 points on her inward 2 ½ tuck and added 57.40 points on a back 2 ½ tuck  in the semifinals,. Her best marks in the final came on her reverse 2 ½ tuck, which earned 54.60 points.
                Also on Friday, Max Flory (Fairfax, Va.) and Ben Bramley (Wellesley, Mass.) advanced to the men’s 10-meter semifinals but missed out on a spot in the finals. Flory scored 345.90 points to finish fourth in semifinal A for seventh overall, while Bramley was fifth with 313.75 points in semifinal A to place 10th overall. Flory and Bramley earned their spots in the semifinals after placing eighth (346.95) and 10th (339.50), respectively, in the preliminaries.
                The FINA Grand Prix in Madrid continues through Sunday. Saturday’s competition will feature Tarrin Gilliland (Liberty Hill, Texas/Midland, Texas) and Johanna Holloway (Boynton Beach, Fla./Moultrie, Ga.) in the women’s 10-meter event.  Bramley and Flory will compete in the men’s synchronized 10-meter event on Sunday.

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