The second day of competition at the FINA Grand Prix Gold Coast saw American divers Krysta Palmer (Carson City, Nev./Nevada Diving Club) and Maria Coburn (Round Rock, Texas/Longhorn Aquatics) both advance to the final of the women’s 3-meter competition thanks to stellar performances in the preliminary and semifinal rounds. The final is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 11.
Palmer recorded the top American finish in the preliminary round, coming in third with a score of 289.75 points. She showed consistency in all of her dives, earning marks of 54.00 points or higher in each round. Her top-scoring dive came on a forward 3½ somersault pike that earned 63.55 points.
Coburn joined Palmer in the top 12 with an eighth-place finish in the preliminary, coming in at 250.95 points. Her highest-scoring dive came on a back 2½ somersault pike in round two, collecting 63.00 points.
Palmer’s finish in the preliminary slated her into semifinal B where she continued to dazzle. The Nevada native posted back-to-back dives worth 64.50 in rounds four and five, coming on a reverse 2½ somersault pike and back 2½ somersault pike respectively. The two dives tied for her highest-scoring of the semifinal and gave her a second-place finish with 284.80 points to secure a spot in the final.
Coburn competed in semifinal A where she earned a third-place finish to clinch a spot in the final. She produced her highest-scoring dive of the semifinal in round two with 61.50 points on a back 2½ somersault pike, but then missed on a reverse 2½ somersault pike in round three, earning only 36.00 points. However, the Texan made it count when it mattered most and went 51.00 (forward 2½ somersault 1 twist pike) and 58.90 (forward 3½ somersault pike) to close the final with 262.75, sealing her spot in the final with Palmer.
Palmer and Coburn will compete in the women’s 3-meter final on Saturday, November 11 at 10 p.m. ET.
There will be no Americans in action Friday night.
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