TAIPEI - Purdue diver Emily Meaney and her Australian teammate won a silver medal together in synchronized 10-meter Monday at the World University Games.
Paired with Brittany O'Brien, the new synchro team finished strong to post a list score of 297.84. Their final dive produced a list-high score of 72 to clinch silver. Meaney and O'Brien finished only 5.7 points behind the victorious team from South Korea. Their third-round score of 68.4 was the best of any team in that round.
Meaney and O'Brien will compete again individually on 10-meter. The prelims are set for Monday, Aug. 21 at 10 p.m. ET. O'Brien was a 10-meter Olympian for Australia in 2016.
Meaney is the first Boilermaker to medal at the World University Games since Ashley Karnes won 1-meter bronze for the USA at the 2009 Summer Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia. Purdue basketball player Robbie Hummel also won bronze with the USA in 2009. Dating back Karnes' achievement, Purdue divers have now won 10 medals at the three most prominent international events -- the Olympic Games, FINA World Championships and World University Games.
Meaney was a platform All-American as a freshman at Purdue after finishing in seventh place at the NCAA Championships. She became Purdue's first female freshman diver to earn full-fledged All-American honors since Kara Cook in 2008. At the Big Ten Championships, Meaney also eclipsed Cook's program-record score on the platforms that had stood since 2011.
Also on Monday at the World University Games, Purdue's Joe Cifelli finished 18th in the 1-meter diving prelims for the USA with a list score of 332.4. Only the top 12 finishers among the 29-diver field advanced.