GWANGJU, South Korea -- Brandon Loschiavo (Huntington Beach, Calif./West Lafayette, Ind.) finished eighth and David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/Miami, Fla.) was 12th in the men’s 10-meter final as diving competition in Olympic events wrapped up Saturday at the FINA World Championships.
Also on Saturday, Maria Coburn (Round Rock, Texas/Tucson, Ariz.) and Briadam Herrera (Miami, Fla.) finished fifth in mixed synchronized 3-meter.
China’s Yang Jian scored 598.65 points to take the 10-meter gold, with teammate Yang Hao winning silver at 585.75. Russia’s Aleksandr Bondar scored 541.05 for the bronze.
Loschiavo finished with 470.10 points and scored 72 or higher on all six of his dives, including two that went for more than 80 points. He scored 84.60 points on his armstand double back with 2 ½ twists, a dive he missed in both the preliminaries and semifinals on Friday. His reverse 3 ½ tuck scored 81.60 points in the final.
“I was actually very excited because this was a lot better than the prelim and the semi. I kind of just went into the final with an open mind and just let anything happen and go with the flow,” Loschiavo said. “I was very happy with my mindset today.”
Dinsmore scored 438.15 points, with his best marks coming on an inward 3 ½ tuck that earned 76.80 points. He earned 75.85 points on a front 4 ½ tuck.
“I could have done a little better today, but I didn’t give up. I’m still proud that I got the spot for Team USA and made the final, and it’s only up from here. We’re still a year out from the Olympics, so there’s a lot to learn and a lot to improve on,” Dinsmore said.
Coburn and Herrera finished the mixed 3-meter synchro final in fifth with 295.95 points, just 8.91 points behind gold medalists Maddison Keeney and Matthew Carter of Australia. Canadians Jennifer Abel and Francois Imbeau-Dulac were second (304.08) and Germans Lou Massenberg and Tina Punzel claimed bronze (301.62).
“We did pretty good for our first time competing together. I’m pretty happy with it,” Herrera said.
Coburn and Herrera’s list include a front 2 ½ with two twists, and the pair came through with 68.34 points. Not only was Saturday’s competition the first time Coburn and Herrera had competed together in mixed synchro, it was the first time Coburn had competed that dive.
“It was pretty exciting. I was very nervous with that being the first time I actually competed it. I’ve just starting training it, but I’m happy with how everything went. I’m a little disappointed, but that’s a very good start for our first event,” Coburn said.
Saturday’s competition marked the conclusion of the Olympic diving events at the FINA World Championships. High diving competition begins Monday and continues through Wednesday, July 24. Six high divers, including defending world champion Steven LoBue, will represent the United States.