WUHAN, China—The FINA Diving World Cup continued Wednesday for Team USA as Katrina Young (Shoreline, Wash./Tallahassee, Fla.) finished 14th in the women’s platform semifinals, with Tarrin Gilliland (Liberty Hill, Texas/Midland, Texas) placing 15th in the same event. Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) advanced to the men’s 3-meter semifinal after finishing fifth in the preliminaries.
Both Gilliland and Young struggled to build momentum throughout the semifinals. Young finished 14th with 272.90 points after starting the semifinals with a missed front 3 ½ somersault pike that earned 49.50 points. Despite her early struggles, Young’s final dive, a back 2 ½ somersaults with 1 ½ twists, brought the diver 67.20 points.
Gilliland, who scored 252.50 points, was in 17th place after the second round when a back armstand with 2 somersaults and 1 ½ twists landed her only 43.20 points. An inward 3 ½ tuck for 52.80 points and a back 2 ½ somersaults with 1 ½ twists for 56.00 points in the last two rounds allowed Gilliland to move up to 15th in the final standings.
“I’m so proud of Tarrin,” coach Gabi Chereches said. “She’s had a very long year and I’m proud of her. We have synchro tomorrow, which we’re really looking forward to. The girls feel very confident. This was a stepping stone for Tarrin. In fact, for her to not have a great performance but know she can will teach her a lot. This is great motivation and preparation for Junior Worlds and future international competition.”
Hixon qualified for the men’s 3-meter semifinals after placing fifth with 453.55 points in the preliminaries. His best dive came in the final round with a front 4 ½ tuck for 91.20 points. The silver Olympic medalist will continue competition in Thursday’s semifinals.
Andrew Capobianco (Holly Springs, N.C./Bloomington, Ind.) also competed in the 3-meter preliminaires but was unable to qualify for the semifinals. He finished in 30th place with 350.70 points. After a missed front 3 ½ somersaults pike for 55.80 points put him 32nd after round one, he climbed to 27th when his front 2 ½ somersaults with 2 twists earned 71.40 points, but he then missed a back 2 ½ pike dive in the third round.
The World Cup continues Thursday, with Gilliland competing with Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) in the women’s 10-meter synchro preliminaries and Hixon diving in the men’s 3-meter semifinals. The men’s 3-meter springboard finals will be broadcast Thursday at 4:30 a.m. ET, followed by the women’s synchronized platform final on the Olympic Channel. The women’s synchronized platform final will be replayed at 4 p.m. on NBCSN, while the men’s 3-meter springboard will be aired again at 8 p.m. ET and 11:30 p.m. ET on the Olympic Channel.