GWANGJU, South Korea – Former Florida State standout diver Katrina Young made history this week at the 2019 FINA World Championships by winning two bronze medals for Team USA in the women’s 10-meter synchro and mixed team events.
Young first teamed up with Samantha Bromberg (Texas) in the women’s 10-meter synchro event to win bronze with a score of 304.86 behind Malaysia (312.72) and China (345.24).
The Americans qualified for the final in fourth place (295.38) behind China (317.82), Canada (298.11) and Malaysia (297.18). In finals the race to the podium was tight as Young and Bromberg sat in fourth heading into their last dive, just 5.91 out of third. The duo scored 69.12 on a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists – just enough to overtake the Canadians, who scored 62.40 on an inward 3 ½ tuck.
Bromberg and Young put together a solid list that also included a front 3 ½ pike that earned 71.10 points and an inward 3 ½ tuck that scored 71.04 points.
“We felt like we dove solid. We have things to work on, but we were really happy with our focus throughout the competition,” Young said. “I was nervous, but I tried to focus the best I could.”
The bronze medal in women’s 10-meter synchro was the first for Team USA since 2009 and just the third ever, since synchronized events were added at the 1998 World Championships in Perth, Australia.
The mixed team event consists of one male and one female diver, each of whom must perform three dives over three rounds. Each diver must do at least one dive from 3-meter and one dive from 10-meter, and all six groups of dives must be represented throughout the competition.
Alongside Andrew Capobianco (Indiana), Young performed a back dive pike for 36 points on 3-meter in the first round and then did two dives from 10-meter, earning 70.40 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck in round two and 56 points on an armstand double back with 1 ½ twists in the final round. Capobianco competed a reverse dive pike for 44 points on 10-meter in round one and then followed up with two 3-meter dives, starting with a front 2 ½ with 2 twists that earned 71.40 points in round two. Capobianco finished off the night with 79.80 points on a front 4 ½ tuck that put the American pair in the bronze medal spot behind China (416.65) and Russia (390.05).
The Shoreline, Washington, native, joins FSU legend Phil Boggs as the only Seminoles to medal in diving at the World Championships. Boggs claimed gold in the 3-meter springboard at the 1973, 1975 and 1978 meets for the United States.
Will Pisani (Canada), Tayla Lovemore (South Africa), Izaak Bastian (Bahamas), Ida Hulkko (Finland), Emir Muratovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Vladimir Stefanik (Slovakia) will compete in the swimming portion of the FINA World Championships that run from July 21-28.
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