Daria Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Stanford University) advanced to the women’s 1-meter final and Jordan Windle (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University of Texas) and Greg Duncan (Oakton, Va./Purdue University) qualified for the men’s 3-meter semifinal as World University Games competition continued Wednesday in Naples, Italy.
After placing third in the preliminaries, Lenz placed second in her 1-meter semifinal to qualify for Thursday’s final. In 1-meter competition at the World University Games, 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. Lenz scored 237.55 points in her semi, finishing just a tenth of a point behind Mexico’s Dolores Hernandez Monson. Meghan O’Brien (Concord, Mass./University of Texas) also advanced to the semifinals after placing seventh in the preliminaries. She scored 181.05 points to finish fifth in her semifinal and 12th overall.
Lauren Reedy (Rochester Hills, Mich./University of Missouri) also competed 1-meter and placed 16th with 191.65 points in the women’s 1-meter preliminary.
In men’s 3-meter preliminary competition, Windle scored 391.55 points to finish second, 8.75 points behind China’s Huang Bowen. Duncan also qualified for Thursday’s semifinal after his 351.80 points put him seventh in the preliminaries.
Jacob Fielding (Los Angeles/Ohio State University) placed 10th with 340.75 points in the 3-meter preliminaries but could not advance as only two divers per country can move forward.
Diving competition at the World University Games continues through July 8. Thursday’s competition begins with men’s 3-meter semifinals, followed by finals in women’s 1-meter, men’s 1-meter, women’s platform and men’s 3-meter. Fielding and Conor Casey (Annandale, Va./Stanford University) have qualified for the 1-meter final, and Molly Fears (Plainfield, Ind./University of Louisville) and Abigail Knapton (Omaha, Neb./University of Nebraska) will dive in the platform final.