Ivory-Ganja Places in Top-Five in Women's 3-Meter on Day Three of Canada Cup

By USA Diving | April 06, 2019, 8:30 p.m. (ET)

CALGARY, Canada – Team USA returned to competition on Saturday with Emma Ivory-Ganja (The Woodlands, Texas/Austin, Texas) finishing in the top-five in the women’s 3-meter. Ben Bramley (Wellesley, Mass./West Lafayette, Ind.) and Abi Knapton (Omaha, Neb./Lincoln, Neb.) also finished fifth in the mixed platform synchro, while Jacob Fielding (Los Angeles, Calif./Columbus, Ohio) and Lyle Yost (Shaker Heights, Ohio) placed ninth in the men’s 3-meter synchro.

Despite missing her first dive in the women’s 3-meter final to begin competition at sixth place, Ivory-Ganja successfully inched her way up to the top-five to finish the day with 286.85 points. The Texas native’s back 2 ½ pike in the fourth round, that scored 55.50 points, allowed the diver to move up to fifth place, where she remained for the rest of competition. Canada’s Jennifer Abel clinched the gold with 334.55 points, while Esther Qin of Australia earned the silver medal with 325.95 points. Canada’s Pamela Ware placed 4.05 points behind Qin to take home the bronze medal.

In the mixed platform synchro, Bramley and Knapton placed in the top-five with 251.19 points. The pair began the final with two missed dives, but dove a back 3 ½ tuck in the third for 58.41 points. After missing a dive in the following round, the pair wrapped up competition with a strong inward 3 ½ tuck for 60.48 points to finish competition at fifth place. China’s Wang Zewei and Xu Yijin won gold medals with 321.54 points, while Nathan Zsombor-Murray and Meaghan Benfeito of Canada earned silver medals with 313.86 points. Cuba’s Jeinkler Aguirre and Ainsley García took home bronze medals with 290.34 points.

Fielding and Yost represented Team USA in the men’s 3-meter synchro, scoring 328.77 points and placing ninth in the event. Although the synchro partners missed a critical dive in the fourth round, the pair followed up with a front 3 ½ pike for 66.03 points, their best dive of the day. Philippe Gagnè and François Imbeau-Dulac of Canada won gold medals with 398.73 points. Great Britain’s Anthony Harding and Jordan Houlden earned silver medals with 384.39 points, while Malaysia’s Ooi Tze Liang and Chew Yiwei captured bronze medals with 364.23 points.

 The final day of the Calgary Grand Prix continues Sunday at 1:30 pm ET with Carolina Sculti (Rye, N.Y./Stanford, Calif.) competing with Bramley in the mixed 3-meter synchro, followed by Fielding and Jacob Siler (Knoxville, Tenn./Columbus, Ohio) contending in the men’s platform synchro. Daria Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Stanford, Calif.) will join Sculti in the women’s 3-meter synchro final, which begins at 4:35 pm ET.