Tarrin Gilliland (Liberty Hill, Texas/COM Aquatics) and Briadam Herrera (Miami, Fla./University of Miami) represented Team USA on the first day of competition at the FINA Diving Grand Prix Gold Coast with Gilliland taking seventh in the women’s 10-meter contest and Herrera finishing eighth in the men’s 3-meter event.
Gilliland secured fourth in the women’s 10-meter preliminary with a mark of 258.35, finishing her final two rounds with dives worth 67.20 points or more. She crafted an inward 3½ somersault tuck that earned 67.20 points in round four and closed her preliminary with 68.80 points on a back 2½ somersault 1½ twist pike. The fourth-place finish qualified her for semifinal A.
Semifinal A of the women’s 10-meter event saw Gilliland come up just short of the final, finishing fourth with 238.35 points. Only the top-three divers in semifinal A and semifinal B advance to the final. Gilliland came out strong with her first three dives, but missed the inward 3½ somersault tuck that earned her 67.20 points in the preliminary, coming away with only 32.00 points on the dive. She bounced back with 51.20 on a back 2½ somersault 1½ twist pike, but finished 13.85 points shy of third. The results of both semifinals left her in seventh overall.
Herrera impressed in the men’s 3-meter preliminary with a total of 363.65, good enough for sixth place overall and qualifying him for semifinal A. The Miami Hurricane posted four dives of 62.90 points or more, including a forward 3½ somersault pike worth 72.85, his best dive of the preliminary.
Semifinal A of the men’s 3-meter event proved to be loaded with talent as Herrera took fifth overall in the semifinal with 358.95 points. His best dive of the meet came in round two with 74.40 points on a forward 3½ somersault pike. Herrera scored 51.00 points or more on five of his six dives, but missed on a reverse 3½ somersault tuck in round five that only amassed 31.50 points. The results of both semifinals left him in eighth overall.
The FINA Diving Grand Prix Gold Coast continues today with the women’s 3-meter and men’s 10-meter preliminaries. Maria Coburn (Round Rock, Texas/Longhorn Aquatics) and Krysta Palmer (Carson City, Nev./Nevada Diving Club) will represent the red, white and blue in the women’s 3-meter preliminary starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. Semifinals for the women’s 3-meter contest start at 11:00 p.m. ET. Click here for results.