Recapping the Olympic Trials in Diving

Introducing the six women who will be diving in Tokyo.

By Savannah Moore

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The Olympic Trials for diving ended on June 13th and the final team was solidified. Several notable divers came up short in their bid to punch their ticket to Tokyo, like Sarah Bacon, who was a silver medalist at the World Championship in 2019, and 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Wilkinson. Wilkinson retired in 2008 after participating in three Summer Olympics, but she decided to return to the sport in 2017, and at age 43 attempted to qualify for her fourth USA Olympic diving team. Wilkinson came up short, but the 10th place finish by the mother of four impressed the crowd.

Here is an introduction to the six women who will be competing in Tokyo for Team USA.

Krysta Palmer – A former gymnast and trampoline athlete, Palmer began her diving career much later than her Olympic teammates. A series of knee injuries derailed Palmer’s gymnastics career and instead of quitting all together, she chose to pivot to diving at age 20. Palmer gained international recognition in the diving world for her success in synchronized diving with partner Alison Gibson. At this year’s Olympic Trials Palmer celebrated her 29th birthday, she also made history by qualifying for the 3-meter diving springboard event in both synchronized diving and as an individual.

Krysta Palmer and Alison Gibson (SOURCE: Team USA)

Alison Gibson – Palmer’s partner journey couldn’t have been more different from hers. Gibson began diving at the age of 9, and went on to become an NCAA Championship at the University of Texas. After finishing in 10th place at the World Championships in 2019, Gibson and Palmer won the women’s synchronized springboard at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Hailey Hernandez (SOURCE: Stewart Johnson)

Hailey Hernandez – Only one month removed from her high school graduation, 18-year old Hailey Hernandez decided to participate in the U.S Olympic Trials for the experience of competing against the best divers in the world. Now she’ll be getting more experience than she bargained for. Hernandez was the final diver of the evening in the individual springboard event, and sat at third on the leaderboard behind silver medalist Sarah Bacon. Hernadez’s flawless final dive pushed her ahead of Bacon by 14.45 points, and solidified her spot on the U.S Olympic team.

Delaney Schnell (SOURCE: University of Arizona Athletics)

Delaney Schnell – At the 2019 World Championships Schnell became the first  American woman to win a medal in the 10-meter platform event since Laura Wilkinson in 2005. At this year’s Olympic Trials the 22 year old qualified for her first Olympics in the same event, while also winning in the platform synchronized event with her partner Jessica Parratto.

Jessica Parratto at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
(SOURCE: Amy Parratto)

Jessica Parratto – Parratto will be competing in the Olympics for the second time in the synchronized platform event. In 2016 she placed 7th with her partner Amy Cozad in the event. She initially planned to partner with Cozad again for the trials, but instead chose to dive alongside Delaney Schnell. Her decision proved to be the correct one.

Katrina Young (SOURCE: AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Katrina Young – Young’s second trip to the Olympics almost did not happen. In the second round of the 10-meter platform final Young missed her dive and fell to third place on the leaderboard. Young refused to lose focus despite the error, and finished three points ahead of Murphy Bromberg to earn her trip to Tokyo.

The Olympic Trials will continue in the coming week with Swimming, Track and Field, and Gymnastics. The trials will be streamed on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.

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