Carlson second, Macaulay eighth at final stop on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series tour
Molly Carlson finished second, and Jessica Macaulay was eighth on Saturday at the eighth and final stop on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series tour.
The final stop on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series tour at the Royal Botanic Garden in the Sydney Harbour was the first-ever event in Australia.
Rhiannan Iffland, who secured the King Kahekili Trophy at the previous stop in Italy, finished first with a score of 387.75.
Carlson was second entering her final dive with a score of 247.50 and received a score of 123.20 on her final dive to finish with a combined score of 370.70.
“To stand up there next to my idol Rhiannan Iffland, and to watch her compete in her hometown and get all of the electric energy from the crowd, it was just amazing to be a part of,” Carlson said. “I’m just so happy I finally hit my dives like I know I could. We really sandwiched the season with some 10s – I got some 10s in Boston, and I got a 10 in Sydney, so I’m super happy to prove that I was consistent over six months of competing.”
The 23-year-old Thunder Bay, ON native, finished the season second in the overall standings behind only Iffland.
Carlson also picked up her first career win on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series tour in Boston in June.
“I’m just so grateful,” said Carlson. “I had an amazing season with Team Canada. Jess and I pushing the limits on the degree of difficulty halfway through the season and proving to everyone why I deserve to be the World Series runner-up in 2022; it is just a dream come true.”
Macaulay finished Saturday with a combined score of 284.20. The 29-year-old was 11th entering her final dive and scored 98.00 on her last attempt.
“I felt pretty nervous on the platform,” Macaulay said. “I think because we did a lot of competitions back to back, taking a couple of weeks off, it felt like it’d been a while since I’d been up there. I felt a little inconsistent on my reverse. Besides that, I felt really happy with my dives. My reverse, I got pretty low scores, so I think that really affected me in the overall standings of the competition and in the rankings, but in the end, I have to let it go.
“I had an awesome time with the other athletes and in a new location.”
The native of Great Yarmouth in the United Kingdom, representing Canada on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series for a second consecutive season, had three third-place finishes this season and finished fifth in the overall standings.