SAGAMIHARA, Japan – Team USA completed competition at the Sagamihara World Series Saturday evening, where Maria Coburn (Austin, Texas) finished fourth in the women’s 3-meter semifinal A group and Tyler Downs (Ballwin, Mo.) placing eighth in the men’s platform semifinal A group.
The World Series tournament consists of two semifinals for both the women’s 3-meter and men’s platform events, with six divers in each, with the top three divers from each group advancing to the finals.
Coburn finished the women’s 3-meter semifinal A group in fourth place with 303.75 points, placing eighth overall in the event. The Texas teenager began the semifinal A group in third place before slipping to fourth for the remainder of the event, finishing 16.35 points behind Germany’s Tina Punzel, who scored 320.10 points to advance to the finals. Coburn’s strongest dive, a front 3 ½ pike, came in the fourth round and scored 69.75 points. China’s Wang Han placed first with 347.45 points, while Australia’s Maddison Keeney finished 4.50 points behind. Punzel earned third place. Krysta Palmer (Carson City, Nev./ Reno, Nev.), who was scheduled to compete in the women’s 3-meter semifinals, was scratched from competition due to injury.
With 395.50 points, Downs placed sixth in the men’s platform semifinal A group with 395.20 points. The Missouri native began competition strong, with a front 3 ½ pike scoring 70.50 points and an inward 3 ½ tuck for 81.60 points. Downs slipped to sixth in the third round, where he remained for the rest of competition. Yang Jian of China placed first with 547.50 points, while Russia’s Nikita Shleikher finished 55.25 points behind. Tom Dailey of Great Britain scored 476.05 points and will join Yang and Shleikher in the men’s platform finals.
With the conclusion of the Sagamihara World Series, Team USA will travel to Beijing, China where the Americans will compete March 6 – 8 to compete in the second circuit of the 2019 FINA World Series. The FINA World Series – Beijing can be watched live on FINA TV.