Four U.S. Divers Advance On Opening Day Of World University Games

By USA Diving | July 02, 2019, 2:52 p.m. (ET)

Conor Casey (Annandale, Va./Stanford University) and Jacob Fielding (Los Angeles/Ohio State University) have advanced to the men’s 1-meter final and Molly Fears (Plainfield, Ind./University of Louisville) and Abigail Knapton (Omaha, Neb./University of Nebraska) have qualified for the women’s platform final at the World University Games, which opened Tuesday in Naples, Italy. Their finals are set for Thursday.

Fears scored 243.85 points to finish ninth in the women’s platform semifinal, with Knapton finishing 10th with 240.55 points. Both divers improved their performances from the preliminaries, when Fears was 15th and Knapton took 18th for the final spot into the semifinals.

Casey and Fielding each placed second in their respective 1-meter semifinals. In 1-meter competition, the top two divers from the preliminaries automatically advance to the final. Divers placing third through 12th compete in one of two semifinals, with the top three from each semifinal qualifying for the final. Casey scored 351.65 points to finish second behind Germany’s Alexander Lube (359.75) in his semifinal. Fielding finished with 325.85 points in his semifinal, good for second place behind Italy’s Gabriele Auber (341.95).

Lyle Yost (Shaker Heights, Ohio/incoming freshman at Ohio State) finished 10th with 302.05 points in the men’s 1-meter preliminary, but only two divers per country can advance. Casey was fifth and Fielding sixth in the prelims.

Diving competition at the World University Games continues through July 8. Wednesday’s schedule features men’s 3-meter preliminaries and women’s 1-meter preliminaries and semifinals.