BEIJING, China – The 2019 FINA Diving World Series – Beijing wrapped up Saturday morning with Team USA competing in the mixed platform synchro final at the National Aquatic Center – Water Cube, the home of Beijing 2008. Tyler Downs (Ballwin, Mo.) and Katrina Young (Shoreline, Wash./Tallahassee, Fla.) represented the Stars and Stripes in the event, placing sixth overall.
In their first mixed platform synchro together, the American pair scored 280.47 total points to wrap up World Series competition for Team USA. Downs and Young began the first two rounds of the final tied for fifth place with Russia’s Nikita Schleikher and Iuliia Timoshinina. The American duo broke the tie in the third round, off an inward 3 ½ tuck that scored the pair 69.12 points to jump up to second place. Despite moving up the leader board, a missed back 3 ½ tuck in the following round dropped the pair to sixth place, where they remained for the rest of competition. China’s Lian Junjie and Si Yajie captured the gold with 346.38 points, leading silver medalists, Schleikher and Timoshinina, by 45.12 points. Nathan Zsombor-Murray and Meaghan Benfeito of Canada earned the bronze with 300.96 points.
Team USA, who also competed in last week’s Sagamihara World Series, wrapped up the first two World Series competitions. While the Americans did not gain medals in either tournament, all seven divers benefited from competing against elite, international competition.
Sagamihara World Series
Women’s Platform Synchro- Tarrin Gilliland (Midland, Texas) and Young 8th (282.18)
Men’s Platform Synchro- Downs and Jordan Rzepka (Solon, Ohio) 7th (358.95)
Women’s 3-Meter Synchro- Maria Coburn (Austin, Texas) and Gilliland 8th (252.18)
Men’s 3-Meter Synchro- Mark Anderson (Lake Forest, Calif./Austin, Texas) and Downs 7th (363.72)
Men’s 3-Meter- Anderson 8th (383.95)
Women’s 3-Meter- Coburn 8th (303.75)
Men’s Platform Downs 11th (395.50)
Beijing World Series
Women’s Platform Synchro- Gilliland and Young 5th (291.72)
Men’s Platform Synchro- Downs and Rzepka 6th (376.44)
Women’s 3-Meter Synchro Coburn and Krysta Palmer (Carson City, Nev./Reno, Nev.) 7th (252.45)
Men’s 3-Meter Synchro Anderson and Downs 6th (350.85)
Women’s 3-Meter Coburn 8th (285.70)
Women’s 3-Meter Palmer 12th (271.65)
Mixed Platform Synchro Downs and Young 6th (280.47)