Amy Magaña (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) gave Team USA its sixth diving medal of the Pan American Games when they won bronze in women’s synchronized 10-meter Sunday night in Lima, Peru. In individual competition, Andrew Capobianco (Holly Springs, N.C./Bloomington, Ind.) and Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) were sixth and 11th in the men’s 3-meter final.
Competing together for the first time, Magaña and Schnell scored 281.10 to finish third in women’s synchronized 10-meter.
“This is the first time we’ve done synchro together, so we just put it together. We definitely just tried to enjoy it as much as possible,” Schnell said.
Canadians Meaghan Benfeito and Caeli McKay were first with 320.64 points, and the Mexican team of Alejandra Orozco and Gabriela Agundez finished with 307.38 points for silver.
Schnell and Magaña’s best dive was their final dive, a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists that earned 72 points.
Their fourth-round inward 3 ½ tuck scored 52.80 points and was a dive Magaña thought might give her trouble.
“I think we did great. We did one day of training. The only nerves that I had were on the fourth-round dive, because I’m not very good at it. The other four dives were no problem,” Magaña said.
Capobianco scored 431.85 points to place sixth in a men’s 3-meter contest won by Colombia’s Daniel Restrepo with 468.10 points. Mexico’s Juan Celaya scored 454.30 for silver, and Canada’s Philippe Gagne finished with 448.65 points for bronze. Capobianco scored more than 85 points on his first and last dives – his front 2 ½ with two twists and his front 4 ½ tuck – but a miss for 36 points on a back 2 ½ pike dropped him out of the medal hunt.
Hixon finished 11th with 358.95 points. After opening with 81.60 points on a front 2 ½ with two twists, Hixon missed his second-round back 2 ½ pike for just nine points to fall to 12th place. He moved up to 11th after the fifth round when his inward 3 ½ tuck scored 78.20 points.
Brooke Schultz (Fayetteville, Ark.) and Sarah Bacon (Indianapolis, Ind./Minneapolis, Minn.) advanced to Monday’s women’s 3-meter final after placing third and fourth respectively in Sunday’s preliminary. Schultz qualified third at 313.75, while Bacon finished with 305.10 in the preliminaries. Canada’s Jennifer Abel was the top qualifier at 352.35.
Earlier in the week, they paired for silver in synchronized 3-meter. Bacon also won the 1-meter gold, with Schultz taking silver.
Diving at the Pan American Games concludes Monday with Ben Bramley (Wellesley, Mass./West Lafayette, Ind.) and Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) in men’s 10-meter and Bacon and Schultz in the women’s 3-meter final.