Arizona Athletics

Tucson diver Delaney Schnell earns Bronze Medal at the FINA World Championships; qualifies USA for 2020 Olympics

Delaney Schnell secured a spot on the USA Olympic Team (Olympic Screen Shot)

Delaney Schnell earned the Bronze Medal Wednesday morning in the 10-meter finals at the FINA World Championships taking place in Gwangju, South Korea. Schnell went into the day knowing she had already secured a quota spot diving for the United States at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Congrats to @tucsonunified @ArizonaSwimDive Delaney Schnell Bronze Medal!!!! Now the Olympics!!! “She was the one that didn’t crack”.— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) July 17, 2019

“Team USA got two Olympic spots and those are the first two individual spots for the 2020 Olympic Games, so it feels pretty good to set the pace,” Schnell said in a release from USA Diving.


“Now that the big pressure’s done, I’m just going to have fun and try to enjoy it,” said Schnell, who advanced to her first World Championship final. She competed at the 2017 World Championships but finished 27th and did not advance out of the preliminaries according to USA Diving.

Schnell won a state diving championship competing for Tucson High as a freshman in 2013. Her 504 points in that state meet is believed to be a state record for girls and only two boys have ever scored higher in the modern era.

Schnell is currently competing for the University of Arizona where she holds the school record in the Platform (339.00), is an All-American in the 1-meter dive (2018), a CSCAA Scholar All-American (2018) and she was the Pac-12 Women’s Freshman Diver of the Year (2018).

“She was the one that didn’t crack”


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at 

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