KYIV, Ukraine – Hailey Hernandez (Southlake, Texas) won her second silver medal at the 2018 FINA World Junior Diving Championships when she placed second in the girls’ group B 3-meter final on Saturday. Daryn Wright (Plainfield, Ind.) also advanced to the 3-meter final and placed sixth.
Hernandez, who won silver on 1-meter earlier in the week, scored 380.80 points in the 3-meter contest to finish second behind China’s Lai Shiyun, who won with 436.80 points. Sweden’s Emilia Nilsson Garip was third with 373.80 points.
Hernandez opened the final with 58.80 points on a back 2 ½ tuck and followed up with a 63-points reverse 2 ½ tuck. She clinched the silver medal with 54 points on her front 2 ½ with one twist to come away with her second medal of the week and fourth for Team USA.
“I felt pretty good about my performance. I could have done better, but I was very happy with my results. I just wanted to dive the best I could. I didn’t have any expectations at all. It was just a really great experience,” Hernandez said.
Wright finished sixth with 352.95 points and scored 53.20 points or higher on all three of her dives in the final, including back and reverse 2 ½ tucks that earned 57.40 points apiece.
Tyler Downs (Ballwin, Mo.) and Jordan Rzepka (Solon, Ohio) finished ninth with 255.30 points in the synchronized platform final. They scored 62.40 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck and received 57.60 points on their back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists.
China’s Li Zheng and Lian Junjie scored 328.44 points for gold, while Great Britain’s Matthew Dixon and Noah Williams finished with 304.65 to pick up silver by .57 points over the Ukrainian team of Yevhen Naumenko and Oleh Serbin.
The FINA World Junior Diving Championships conclude Sunday with Jack Matthews (Powell, Ohio) and Lyle Yost (Shaker Heights, Ohio) in boys’ A platform and Maria Coburn (Round Rock, Texas) and Bridget O’Neil (Southlake, Texas) in synchronized 3-meter.