Johnson & Loschiavo Fifth in Synchro
June 8, 2018

10-Meter Synchro Results / USA Diving / Full Diving World Cup TV

WUHAN, China - Purdue's Steele Johnson and Brandon Loschiavo placed fifth for USA Diving in synchronized 10-meter Friday at the FINA Diving World Cup.

Johnson and Loschiavo posted a list score 400.74 for fifth, 8.85 points behind bronze medalists Domonic Bedggod and Declan Stacey of Australia. China's Chen Aisen and Yang Hao won the gold with 491.73 points, and Russia's Aleksandr Belevtsev and Nikita Shleikher took second with 427.20 points.

Johnson and Loschiavo, who finished second in the morning preliminary with a list score of 401.19, qualified for the 2019 FINA Diving World Series.

"The final didn't go the way we had hoped or planned. We had a couple of little mistakes that kept us off the podium," Johnson said. "The encouraging thing is we still qualified for the World Series. This (final) gives us a good idea of what we need to work on going into next year, when you can begin to qualify spots for the Olympics. If you are going to miss things, this year is the year to do it. Next year we will come out guns blazing to get back on that podium."

An inward 3 ½ somersaults tuck for 69.12 points in the third round dropped the duo from third place to sixth. Despite moving up to fourth following a reverse 3 ½ tuck for 75.48 points in round four, the pair slipped to fifth in the final two rounds.

"(The outcome) isn't what I wanted. These situations happen and I'm glad it isn't next year when we have to qualify for the Olympics," Loschiavo said. "I just want to use this as a learning experience as to what I should and shouldn't do. I want to change my mindset because going into this I was so hyped up and looking forward to that top-three. Next time I won't focus on the outcome at all, I'll just do me the entire time."

Johnson and Loschiavo finished sixth together in 10-meter synchro last summer at the FINA World Championships.

Loschiavo competes again individually on 10-meter this weekend in China.

Hailey Hernandez and Krysta Palmer advanced to the women's 3-meter semifinal after placing eighth and 11th in Friday's preliminary.

Hernandez qualified for the women's 3-meter semifinals by placing eighth with 290.35 points in the preliminaries. Team USA's youngest diver earned 63 points apiece on two dives, a back 2 ½ tuck and a front 2 ½ somersault with 1 twist. Palmer also advanced to the semifinals after placing 11th with 279.15 points. Palmer was in 15th place after an inward 2 ½ tuck landed her 58.05 points in the first round, but she was able to climb to 11th in the final round after performing a back 2 ½ pike for 61.50 points. Hernandez and Palmer will compete in Friday's semifinals at 10 p.m. ET.

The FINA World Cup continues through Sunday, June 10. Saturday's competition includes Hernandez and Palmer in the women's 3-meter semifinal and Loschiavo in the men's 10-meter preliminary. David Dinsmore also will compete on 10-meter. Maria Coburn and Grayson Campbell will dive in the mixed 3-meter synchro event. The mixed 3-meter synchro final will be broadcast Saturday at 4:30 a.m. ET on the Olympic Channel and NBC Sports app, while the women's 3-meter springboard final will air at 7:30 a.m. ET on the Olympic Channel and the NBC Sports app.

Individual 10-Meter Schedule
Saturday, June 9 -- Preliminary at 1:15 a.m. ET, Semifinal at 10 p.m. ET
Sunday, June 10 -- Final at 4:30 a.m. ET
Final televised live by Olympic Channel and the NBC Sports app; Replays on June 10 at Noon (NBCSN) and 11 p.m. ET (Olympic Channel)

-- Release courtesy of USA Diving




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