July 17, 2014
SHANGHAI, China – Katrina Young and Amy Cozad placed eighth for Team USA in the women’s 10-meter synchronized event on Thursday at the FINA World Cup, which is being held July 15-20 at the Oriental Sports Center.
As a new pair on the international scene, Young and Cozad scored a total of 281.82 in finals after posting a score of 275.04.
China’s Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia finished with 357.66 points for gold. Malaysia’s Mun Yee Leong and Jun Hoong Cheong scored 336.66 points to edge Canadians Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion by 1.41 points for silver. Chen won Olympic gold on this event in 2008 and 2012, while the Canadian pair won bronze two years ago in London. The field also included 2012 Olympic silver medalists Paola Espinosa and Alejandra Orozco on Mexico and several other Olympians.
“A lot of these girls have been diving together for years,” Cozad said. “We’ve only been diving together since January and we finished eighth in the world. That says a lot about us and what we’ve been able to accomplish together in such a short time. I’m excited to see what the future holds for us. I love diving with Katrina.”
On their opening dive in the preliminaries, Cozad and Young scored just 27.60 points, however they rebounded to score more than 70 points on two of their final three dives to finish ninth in the prelims. In the finals, they improved and opened with 43.80 points on their first dive and closed out their list with 69.12 points on their back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists to finish eighth.
“This was my first World Cup meet, and I was really, really nervous in the preliminaries,” Young said. “I just wanted to get through them. After prelims were over, I talked to Amy and (coach) Pat (Jeffrey) and we came up with a game plan for the finals. Amy told me to just stay in the moment. I was a lot more relaxed and had a lot of fun diving in the finals.”
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*USA Diving contributed to this report.
2014 FINA Diving World Cup Schedule
(Times are local to Shanghai, which is 12 hours ahead of ET)
4 p.m. – Team Event
10 a.m. – Women’s 3-meter synchro prelims (Abby Johnston & Laura Ryan), men’s 10-meter synchro prelims (David Boudia and Steele Johnson)
3:10 p.m. – Women’s 3-meter synchro final
7:40 p.m. – Men’s 10-meter synchro final
10 a.m. – Women’s 10-meter synchro prelims (Amy Cozad & Katrina Young) – Eighth, men’s 3-meter synchro prelims (David Boudia & Sam Dorman)
3:10 p.m. – Women’s 10-meter synchro finals
7:40 p.m. – Men’s 3-meter synchro finals
10 a.m. – Women’s 10-meter prelims (Murphy Bromberg, Jessica Parratto), semis
2 p.m. – Men’s 3-meter prelims (David Boudia, Nick McCrory), semis
7:40 p.m. – Women’s 10-meter finals
10 a.m. – Women’s 3-meter prelims (Maren Taylor, Laura Ryan), semis
6:35 p.m. – Men’s 3-meter finals
10 a.m. – Men’s 10-meter prelims (Steele Johnson, David Dinsmore), semis
3:10 p.m. – Women’s 3-meter finals
7:40 p.m. – Men’s 10-meter finals