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Taylor places 11th in three-meter diving event at World Championships

 

UT rising senior diver Maren Taylor was the fourth diver with Texas connections to reach a final in Barcelona. - Image: Austin American Statesman

UT rising senior diver Maren Taylor was the fourth diver with Texas connections to reach a final in Barcelona. - Image: Austin American Statesman

BARCELONA, Spain – University of Texas rising senior diver Maren Taylor placed 11th in the three-meter diving finals Saturday at the 15th FINA World Championships.

Representing the United States, Taylor placed 11th in the three-meter finals with 304.60 points.  China’s He Zi took the gold with 383.40 points, and China’s Wang Han won silver with 356.25 points.  Canada’s Pamela Ware won the bronze with 350.25 points.  Taylor (Arlington, Va.) was the lone American in the three-meter competition.

An eight-time All-American in her three seasons with the Longhorns, Taylor was one of four divers with UT connections to reach an event final in Barcelona.  Incoming freshman Samantha Bromberg placed seventh in the synchronized platform diving event on July 22.

Incoming freshman Michael Hixon and Texas-Ex Troy Dumais placed fifth in the three-meter synchronized diving event on July 23.

Taylor was UT’s first women’s diver to represent the United States at an Olympics or World Championship meet since 2008 when Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson competed at the Beijing Olympics.

The swimming portion of the FINA World Championships begins Sunday in Barcelona.  Texas-Ex Karlee Bispo is eligible to compete in the 800m freestyle relay for the United States on Thursday, Aug. 1.

 

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