The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced Monday that Delaney Schnell’s standout performance standout at the FINA World Championships last month has earned her Best of July honors for Team USA Awards presented by Dow. Swimmer Caeleb Dressel and the U.S. Women’s Soccer World Cup Team also were honored.
Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) became the first U.S. woman in 14 years to medal in the women’s 10-meter platform competition at a world meet, scoring 364.20 points to win the bronze medal at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. In sixth place after two rounds, Schnell moved into third with 82.50 points in round three. With two dives to go, just 2.05 points separated third from fifth. Schnell’s fourth dive went for 70.50 points and dropped her to fifth, but the contest remained close. She closed out her list with 76.80 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck. It was enough, by four points, to give Schnell the first U.S. medal in women’s platform in 14 years. Schnell’s performance in South Korea also secured the U.S. a quota spot for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Dressel’s eight medals, including six gold, at the FINA World Championships earned the swimmer the male Best of July honors. The U.S. Women’s Soccer World Cup Team was recognized in the team category after winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Lyon, France, marking its second consecutive world cup title and fourth total.