Watson earns top-10 finish at British Elite Junior Diving Championships 2018

By USA Diving | April 03, 2018, 4:11 p.m. (ET)

Three Americans competed on the second day of action at the British Elite Junior Diving Championships 2018 as Ali Watson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Fort Lauderdale Diving Team), Jessica Warak (Bellevue, Neb./Nebraska Diving Club) and Bennett Greene (Knoxville, Tenn./Tennessee Diving) all dove as guest athletes at the Plymouth Life Centre in Plymouth, Great Britain, Tuesday afternoon.

Watson posted the highest finish of all three U.S. divers, coming in second overall in the 16-18 girls’ platform final. Warak ended up 11th in the 16-18 girls’ platform preliminary and Greene took 14th in the 12-13 boys’ 1-meter preliminary. Please note that American divers are not eligible to medal due to citizenship, but can compete in the meet.

Watson was in fourth overall after the 16-18 girls’ platform preliminary with a mark of 353.25. She recorded two dives of 55.50 points or more with a back 2½ somersault tuck (55.50) and a back 2½ somersault 1½ twist pike (62.40).

The final proved beneficial for Watson as she finished with a score of 393.95 points, including an inward 3½ somersault tuck worth 64.00 and a back 2½ somersault 1½ twist pike that lit the scoreboard for 72.00 points. She came in second overall.

Warak put up 282.45 points in the preliminary to come in 11th overall.    

Greene amassed 269.55 points in the 12-13 boys’ 1-meter preliminary to finish 14th overall.

Action continues tomorrow with Americans competing in the 12-13 boys’ platform (Greene) and the 16-18 girls’ 3-meter (Watson, Warak, Allison Ward). Diving starts at 10:00 a.m. GMT (Daylight Time)/5:00 a.m. EST. Competition wraps up April 5.

Full results can be found here.

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