Missouri divers 'steady' at World Cup trials

Friday, April 11, 2014 | 9:22 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Missouri divers Loren Figueroa and Lauren Reedy had a good showing at the USA Diving World Cup Synchronized Trials on Friday in Tallahassee, Fla.

The pair took fifth place in the 3-meter springboard with a score of 487.20 points.

Women's 3-meter Synchro World Cup Trials

1. Laura Ryan/Abby Johnston  606.60
2. Maren Taylor/Deidre Freeman  533.40
3. Amanda Burke/Ariel Rittenhouse  511.20
4. Samantha Pickens/Amanda Burke  504.87
5. Loren Figueroa/Lauren Reedy  487.20
6. Alison Maillard/Sine Scribbick  486.21
7. Brooke Schultz/Sarah Bacon  485.10
8. Olivia Rosendahl/Rachel Rubadue  469.80
9. Maria Coburn/Sine Scribbick  456.78
10. Alejandra Gomez/Janicia Ng  416.70

"They were just kind of steady across the board," said Missouri diving coach Jamie Sweeney, who coached the pair at the event. "I was really happy with some of Reedy's dives in the first list. I was happy with some (of Figueroa's) dives in the second list. They are just training. ... We are moving in the right direction and going to be ready a month from now."

Figueroa and Reedy have qualified to compete in 3-meter springboard synchronized diving at the FINA Mexico Grand Prix from May 15-18.

"This meet for us is really a test runner for our training and for our preparation for the Mexico Grand Prix meet," Sweeney said. "This was perfect. We knew we weren't going to be dialed in for this meet. ... We knew it was essential that we come and compete and train at this level ... in order for us to be prepared one month from now."

Sweeney said that since the NCAA season just ended March 29, this past week was the first time Figueroa and Reedy practiced their synchronized diving since December. Figueroa will be a redshirt senior during the 2014-15 season, and Reedy will be a junior next year.

The winning 3-meter synchronized pair Friday were Laura Ryan and Abby Johnston from the Georgia Diving Club with a score of 606.60. The win by Ryan and Johnston qualified them to compete in the FINA World Cup in Shanghai during late July.

Ryan and Johnston were the leaders after Friday morning's preliminary round with a score of 297.90 in the morning. Figueroa and Reedy were seventh after the morning round with a score of 248.40, and they moved past two teams in the afternoon's final round.

"We are just starting to gear back up for this meet in May," Sweeney said. "It was great. I was happy how they did. They are really going to be ready to go a month from now."

The World Cup Synchronized Trials are being held at the Morcom Aquatics Center. Competition continues Saturday and Sunday in men's 3-meter springboard and both men's and women's 10-meter platform. No other Missouri athletes are scheduled to compete.

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