Briadam Herrera, seen here at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, finished seventh in the men's 3-meter event at the FINA Grand Prix - Rostock
Briadam Herrera (Miami, Fla./University of Miami) and Sophie McAfee (San Marino, Calif./Trojan Dive Club) each earned a top-10 finish in their respective events Friday morning at the FINA Grand Prix in Rostock, Germany. Herrera took seventh overall in the men’s 3-meter event and McAfee came in 10th in the women’s 10-meter contest.
Herrera amassed 379.75 points in the men’s 3-meter preliminary, recording five dives worth 61.20 or more points. His top dive came in round three, a reverse 3½ somersault tuck worth 73.50. The Miami Hurricane senior went on to compete in semifinal 1, recording a fourth-place mark of 414.50 points, just missing the final. Herrera threw down two dives worth 73.50 or more points in the semifinal, with each of his six dives totaling 62.90 points or more.
Fellow American Ben Bramley (Wellesley, Mass./Unattached) finished 16th in the men’s 3-meter preliminary with a score of 331.50 points.
McAfee showed no nerves in her senior international debut, taking eighth overall in the women’s 10-meter preliminary with a score of 274.90. The 15-year-old showed consistency in the preliminary with her dive scores ranging from 54.40 to 56.00. Her placement in the preliminary sent her to semifinal 1 where she collected 276.30 points for sixth in the semifinal and 10th overall.
Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles, Calif./Northwestern University) was close to joining McAfee in the semifinals, but came in 13th overall in the women’s 10-meter preliminary with a total of 263.20 points.
The FINA Grand Prix-Rostock continues through Sunday, February 25. Krysta Palmer (Carson City, Nevada/Nevada Diving Club) and Carolina Sculti (Rye, N.Y./Marlins Diving Club) will represent the red, white, and blue in the women’s 3-meter contest tomorrow morning.