2016 Olympian Katrina Young (Shoreline, Wash./Tallahassee, Fla.) and Tarrin Gilliland (Midland, Texas/COM Aquatics) placed sixth in the women’s synchronized 10-meter competition Friday at a FINA World Series meet in Beijing.
Gilliland and Young notched a total of 277.68 in their first competition together as a synchronized team. The Chinese duo of Zhang Jiaqi and Zhang Minjie dominated the field with 368.22 points for the gold after finishing more than 50 points ahead of the second-place team. Malaysia’s Pandelela Rinong and Jun Hoong Cheung scored 312.24 points for the silver, with bronze going to Australia’s Melissa Wu and Taneka Kovchenko at 299.46.
The American duo stood in sixth place with 90 points after their two voluntary dives and then notched 64.80 points on a front 3 ½ pike and 71.04 points on a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists to move up to fifth place with one round to go. A miss on their final dive, an inward 3 ½ tuck that earned just 51.84 points, dropped them back to sixth place in the final standings.
The World Series in Beijing continues through Sunday, although the U.S. team is finished with competition.
Following the Beijing competition, the World Series heads to Fuji, Japan next week. Gilliland and Young will again compete in the synchronized 10-meter event. Action in Japan is scheduled for March 15-17.