Carlson claims silver at 2021 FINA High Diving Qualifier
Molly Carlson and Aimee Harrison secured spots for the 19th FINA World Championships on Monday at the FINA High Diving event in Abu Dhabi. The FINA High Diving event was the final qualifying opportunity for the World Championships next spring.
Jessica Macaulay finished fifth on Monday. Macaulay prequalified for the World Championships, scheduled for Fukuoka, Japan, in May 2022, with her third-place finish at the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
“It’s super exciting that all three of us secured spots to go to the World Championships. I’m really proud of how Aimee and Molly dived,” said Macaulay. “Really excited that we all get to go to together to Japan and travel across the world with my friends and compete on the world stage for Canada.”
On Monday, Carlson was second behind only Australia’s Rhiannan Iffland, while Harrison was 15th.
“It’s amazing just to come out here and put down some dives that we’ve been training is just an honour,” said Carlson. “To be with the best team, of course, so happy.”
The 23-year-old Carlson finished with a combined score of 323.50 – 36.10 behind Iffland. The Thunder Bay, ON native, scored 71.50 on her dive in the semifinals and followed it up with 91.20 on her final dive.
“I loved starting with some 9s on my favourite dive – just the simple front double tuck. I feel like I’m flying every time. I felt so composed and in the zone that it was effortless, and I love that feeling,” Carlson said. “Then to finish strong, inward could’ve been a bit better, but with nerves and everything, it was fun to get up there and put down a good enough one to secure the silver and have a good time.”
Macaulay was sixth following Sunday’s preliminary round. She scored 58.50 on her third dive in the semifinals and was eighth heading into the final round, where she scored 102.00 for a total score of 301.55.
The 29-year-old missed the podium by 6.35 points.
“I was really happy with my dives today. I was really consistent. Both got good scores. My inward was a new dive, so really happy with how I performed that,” Macaulay said. “I am happier than I am disappointed because to start off with a bad dive yesterday, it’s hard to stay in the mental game and come back from that, so to do three really good dives after I did my flying front was a big success for me.”
Harrison was 15th following the preliminary round and scored 45.50 on her dive in the semifinals. The 27-year-old Winnipeg, MB native, scored 71.40 on her final dive for a total score of 244.00.
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