TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In her first major meet since the 2016 Olympic Games, former Florida State standout Katrina Young won two titles last week at the USA Diving Senior National Championships in Dallas to punch her ticket to her second career FINA Diving World Cup.
Young will represent Team USA and compete in the women’s 10-meter platform in addition to the mixed 10m synchro event at the World Cup, which will be held June 5-10 in Wuhan, China.
“I am very proud of Katrina,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “This is her first big meet since (2016 Olympics) and the road has had a lot of bumps including a two-month layoff due to injury. She’s the hardest worker I’ve ever coached and to see that payoff is extremely gratifying. She’s a great example for our team to follow and a great representative for FSU.”
Proctor, Young’s coach since 2014, will also make the trip to China.
Young scored 359 points in the final to win the title by 2.60 points as the Olympian won her first national title. Young secured the lead after the third round and was able to capitalize with an inward 3 ½ tuck for 76.80 points in round four, which was her best of the meet. She followed with 75.20 points on a back 2 ½ somersault with 1 ½ twists.“I want every dive to be good as it possibly can be, so I’m not really thinking about (saving my last best two dives for last). I really felt comfortable going into the last two rounds because I do feel confident on those dives,” Young said.
Young went into the final round seeded second after scoring 321.40 in semifinals and was third out of prelims with a total of 294.45.
Young opened the meet by competing in the mixed 10m synchronized event alongside Zach Cooper, who is a rising sophomore at Miami. Young and Cooper scored 293.76 points to win the title by just .72 points for the national title and spot on the World Cup team. The two teams were neck and neck through three rounds, with Cooper and Young leading by 3.60 points with two rounds to go. They widened their lead with 73.92 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck in round four.
“I feel very excited and ready to dive with Zach again, and to have a blast competing together. I’m looking forward to it,” Young said.
Young also competed in the women’s 10m synchro, winning silver alongside Olivia Rosendahl, who is a rising junior at Northwestern with a total of 258.78.
The Shoreline, Wash., was a member of the FSU diving team from 2010-15 where she was an All-American, three-time ACC Champion and is the current school record holder on 1-meter (337.60) and platform (364.70). She qualified for the 2014 World Cup in women’s 10m synchro before earning a spot on the 2016 USA Olympic Team in 10m platform behind a second place finish at Olympic Trials (982.10).
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