April 13, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the home crowd in their corner redshirt junior Katrina Young and Amy Cozad won the 10-meter synchronized event at the 2014 World Cup Diving Trials. The three-day event came to a close on Sunday at the Morcom Aquatics Center with Young and Cozad grabbing their first career win as a pair.
The duo will represent the United States at the 2014 FINA World Cup in Shangahi on July 15-20. FSU head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey will also make the trip as he was picked to coach Team USA.
“They rocked it,” Jeffrey said. “Synchro is a unique part of this sport and I knew those two would be great partners. They were solid all day and they looked like they’ve been diving together for years. I’m so proud of them.”
Heading into their first outing as heavy contenders, Young and Cozad led by a little over 12 points with a score of 311.88 after prelims. The duo continued to dive consistently throughout finals, using their inward three-and-a-half somersault tuck (79.68) and back two-and-a-half somersault with one-and-a-half twist in the pike position (78.72) to distance themselves from the field. They scored a total of 315.00 in finals for and overall tally of 626.88.
“Today was so much fun,” Young said. “I’ve never dove synchro before and it was so awesome to be competing with Amy, she makes the sport just a little bit better. I am so happy that we’re getting this opportunity and I can’t wait.”
Young and Cozad decided to pair up and compete in the synchro event at the turn of 2014, which forced Cozad out of a 6-month hiatus and back into the pool.
“I said to Katrina after prelims that I didn’t even have to worry about us being synchronized,” Cozad said. “That was the easy part for the day. I just had to go out there and focus on nailing my dives. This was my first competition in quite some time and I knew it was a lofty goal for us to make the World Cup, but we worked so well together and we did it.”
For Young, the World Cup will be her second international meet following her sixth place showing on platform at the 2013 World University Games, while Cozad has donned the Red, White and Blue at three events including the 2012 FINA World Cup, 2013 World Championships and 2011 World University Games.
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