FSU Swimmers Win Silver for Team USA

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San Juan, Puerto Rico - Team USA won a pair of medals Saturday at the FINA Puerto Rico Grand Prix as Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Tallahassee, Fla.) and Katrina Young (Shoreline, Wash./Tallahassee, Fla.) picked up silver in women’s synchronized 10-meter and Maren Taylor (Arlington, Va./Austin, Texas) claimed bronze in the individual 3-meter contest.
Cozad and Young scored 293.16 points to edge Australia’s Melissa Wu and Rachel Bugg (291.54) for the silver medal, with gold going to China’s Ren Qian and Siyu Ji at 327.48.
“I had a lot of fun out there. The nerves go away when I’m up there diving with Amy,” said Young, who finished 17th in the individual 10-meter contest Friday.
The American duo was in third place through three rounds of dives but moved ahead of the Australians after scoring 70.20 points on their front 3 ½ pike in round four. Cozad and Young then closed out their list with 68.16 points on a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists in the final round.
“Before our fourth round dive, we told ourselves to show everyone what we’ve got, and we went up there and did our best dive of the day,” Cozad said. “I’d been struggling all week, but today was the best diving I’ve done since I’ve been here.”
Taylor won her second bronze medal in two weeks after placing third in synchronized 3-meter at last week’s FINA Grand Prix Canada Cup competition. This time, she scored 300.90 points to win bronze in the individual 3-meter event to finish behind China’s Wu Chunting (345.90) and Wei Ying (336.75). USA’s Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) was fourth with 294.15 points.
Taylor put together a solid performance Saturday, scoring more than 60 points on three of her five dives, including 67.50 points on her back 2 ½ pike and 63 on her inward 2 ½ pike. Ryan also scored 60 or more points on three of her dives, including 63 points on her back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists and 61.50 points on her inward 2 ½ pike.
“I really wanted to be consistent this week. I had the exact same score on all three lists, so I accomplished that, but I still know I can do even better,” Taylor said. “It was awesome diving with Laura today, because she’s such a consistent diver. It was a lot of fun having a USA teammate in the finals with me.”
Taylor also redeemed herself from a disappointing individual performance at last week’s Canada Cup, where she finished 13th before going on to win the synchro bronze later in that meet.
“I started off the Canada Cup really badly. I failed a dive in the individual 3-meter contest, and I used that as motivation in the synchro event last week and individually this week because I was really frustrated and knew I could do better. This has been good experience for me,” Taylor said.
Dwight Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) and Aaron Fleshner (Spring, Texas/Tuscaloosa, Ala.) scored 318.72 to finish 10th in men’s synchronized 3-meter a day after finishing eighth and 15th, respectively, in Friday’s individual 3-meter event. China’s Li Shixin and Sun Zhiyi took the synchro gold with 400.83 points.
The Puerto Rico Grand Prix concludes Sunday with Mark Anderson (Lake Forest, Calif./Austin, Texas) and Toby Stanley (Conway, Ark./Indianapolis, Ind.) competing in men’s synchronized 10-meter and Cheyenne Cousineau (Temperance, Mich./Coral Gables, Fla.) and Meghan Houston (Austin, Texas) diving in women’s synchronized 3-meter.

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