COLUMBUS, Ohio – Redshirt senior diver Katrina Young closed out the 2014 USA Winter Diving National Championships by finishing 10th in the women’s platform on Sunday after taking bronze in the 10-meter synchronized on Saturday at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion at The Ohio State University.
“She had a good meet,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “Since the beginning of this season, we’ve been working on that back-three-and-half and she put together her best three she’s ever done. She had some fantastic dives this week and I am really happy with her progress this season.”
In the women’s platform, Young was 10th after prelims with a score of 267.85 before putting up her best round score of 329.40 in the semifinals, moving her into seventh place. Her semifinal round was highlighted by an 80-point 3 ½ inward somersault tuck in addition to two other dives scoring over 70-points each.
“She had some bright spots to the meet,” Proctor said. “Those three dives were great. She did those very well.”
Young competed in Saturday’s final, slipping to 10th after adding 292.75 for a total of 880.00 points after 15 dives.
“Her goal for the rest of the season is to be the best she can be,” Proctor said. “I think she set herself up to have a great back half to the season. We have some great positive points to build on heading into 2015.”
In the 10-meter synchronized event, Young paired with Stanford’s Gracia Leydon Mahoney and grabbed bronze with a total of 527.40. It was the first outing for the pair in their careers.
“It was their first time diving together,” Proctor said. “Synchro is a little tricky because pairs are being shuffled around so much at this point, but I thought they did well for their first time out. Katrina is very appealing synchro partner and she could very well be paired up with another diver before April.”
Former FSU diver Ariel Rittenhouse was the overall champion after taking home a medal of each color from the meet.
On Sunday, Rittenhouse scored 912.65 points over three lists of dives to take the individual 3-meter gold. Rittenhouse led heading into the finals but dropped to second place after missing her second-round reverse 2 ½ pike for just 22.50 points, allowing Laura Ryan to overtake her in the standings. Rittenhouse regained the lead in round four with a 68.20-point front 3 1/2 pike to head into the last round with a 3.65-point advantage over Ryan. Ryan dove first and earned 57 points on her front 2 ½ pike with a twist, and Rittenhouse followed with 61.50 points on the same dive to secure the gold medal.
“On my second dive, my gainer, I was really far from the end of the board and on the side. That’s a really hard place to take off from, so I landed really short. I knew I had to do my next dives really well to make a comeback, so I just tried to forget about it and focus on my next dives. Luckily I was able to hit all of them and end up winning,” said Rittenhouse, who concluded the championships with three medals, having already won a 1-meter silver (563.90) and a synchronized 3-meter bronze (556.20) with Amanda Burke.
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