Madrid, Spain- USA Diving athletes brought the medal tally up to six by the end of the second day of the FINA Grand Prix in Madrid, Spain, marking a strong start to the 2020 season.
In the women’s 10-meter synchronized event, Jessica Parratto and Amy Magaña took home gold with a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists which earned them a score of 70 points. This marked the first time Parratto and Magaña have competed together in this event since the 2016 Olympic Games.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been this long, but coming back together felt really natural,” said Parratto, “I’m really excited for training over the next few months for Trials. I think this was a really good showing for us knowing what we need to do in competition and work on the little details. But today was a really good day and I’m really happy for us.”
"I am so happy and proud of how Jess and I dove today. We've only practiced together four times before coming here, but we get better and better every single time we practice," Magaña said. "I am especially excited about how well our back 3 1/2 went today. Our synchro on that dive was the best we've done so far. This was a great confidence booster for us and a learning experience as well. I look forward to resting and revamping for Rostock."
In the men’s 3-meter competition, Briadam Herrara earned gold with an impressive execution of a reverse 1 ½ with 3 ½ twists with Steele Johnson placing third.
"Today's competition was the first international meet of this Olympic year, and it felt great to start with a gold medal," Herrera said. "I felt pretty good going into the finals and I knew I had to perform to finish on top. It was also great to have Steele on the podium with me. Great day for Team USA!"
The FINA Grand Prix will wrap up Sunday with men’s synchronized 10-meter, women’s 10-meter finals and men’s synchronized 3-meter.
For the full competition schedule and live scoring, visit: https://rfen.es/es/section/seccion-41.