May 10, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Rising redshirt senior Katrina Young teamed up with Amy Cozad and grabbed silver for Team USA in the women’s 10-meter synchronized event at the 2014 FINA Grand Prix, which is being held at the San Juan Natatorium Aquatic Complex from May 8-11.
In their second outing as a pair and first for Team USA, Young and Cozad tallied a score of 293.16, edging the team of Melissa Wu and Rachel Bugg (291.54) for the silver. The gold went to China’s Ren Qian and Siyu Ji who posted a 327.48.
The key for Young and Cozad was their fourth dive when they performed their front 3-and-a-half pike good enough for a total of 70.20 points, which pulled them ahead of the Australians and into silver medal position.
“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.”
The Americans would finish the meet with a solid fifth dive – a back two-and-a-half with one-and-one-half twist for 68.16 points, holding their position.
“I had a lot of fun out there,” Young said. “The nerves go away when I’m up there with Amy.”
Young competed individually in 10-meter on Friday and placed 17th with a score of 248.65.
The pair will compete at the 2014 FINA World Cup in Shanghai, which runs from July 15-20. For more information on Florida State swimming and diving, visit Twitter and Facebook.