Krysta Palmer couldn’t be caught and Hailey Hernandez delivered when it mattered as both divers booked spots in the Tokyo Olympics women’s springboard competition.
Palmer, who only began diving at age 20 eight years ago, now will make history as the first American woman to compete in both the synchronized and individual springboard events at a single Olympics. She entered Saturday’s final round with a large lead over the rest of the field and had the U.S. Trials title sealed even before her final dive.
Hernandez held off pre-meet favorite Sarah Bacon and Olympic qualifier in the synchro springboard, Alison Gibson, to finish in the second individual Olympic spot. The 18-year-old from Southlake, Texas performed a lower degree of difficulty list of dives but executed them brilliantly. Her final dive capped off a tense sequence where rankings fluctuated with each dive.
Women's 3m Springboard
- Krysta Palmer, 1011.95
- Hailey Hernandez, 926.55
- Sarah Bacon, 912.10
- Kristen Hayden, 906.85
- Alison Gibson, 903.40
Clinched Olympic spot
In his third Olympic Trials, Jordan Windle made his Olympic dreams a reality in an emotional final round.
He set the tone early, earning 10s in his first dive to separate himself from David Dinsmore in the second-place position. The former Texas Longhorn cried tears of elation into an American flag when it became certain that the diver adopted as a child from a Cambodian orphanage would represent the United States at the Olympic Games two decades later.
But not even Windle could catch Brandon Loschiavo. The Huntington Beach, California, native executed his dives with consistency throughout all three rounds of competition, winning the U.S. Trials by 20 points.
Both Loschiavo and Windle head to their first Olympics looking to become the latest American to earn a medal in the men’s platform event after David Boudia, gold medalist in 2012 and bronze medalist in 2016, switched to the springboard discipline for health reasons. Boudia will compete for his place in the Tokyo Olympics individual springboard event Sunday.
Men's 10m Platform
- Brandon Loschiavo, 1421.00
- Jordan Windle, 1401.40
- David Dinsmore, 1278.50
- Joshua Hedberg, 1235.70
- Tyler Downs, 1207.30
Clinched Olympic spot