Former Tucson High standout Delaney Schnell (Arizona) qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the Synchronized 10-meter Platform on Friday, June 11 and she solidified her position on Team USA with a win the 10-meter Platform on Sunday. Schnell was in third place after the first round on Sunday but she moved up to the second spot after round two, 14.3 points behind Murphy Bromberg. Schnell pulled ahead of the field in the next round by 3.85 points and she came away with the victory with 1021.90 points to 984.70 for Katrina Young.
“Honestly, it hasn’t hit me yet, I said this before, but it doesn’t feel real yet,” Schnell told TeamUSA, “It’s a lifelong dream of mine first with gymnastics and then diving. It’s crazy to say that I finally done it.
Former Catalina Foothills standout Brooks Fail (Arizona) took 5th in the 400 Free with a personal best time of 3:48.47. Kieran Smith (3:44.86) won the event and is headed to the Olympics but no other swimmer in the 400 reached the set qualifying time. That means Zane Grothe (3:45.76.) will be the second swimmer for USA due to an earlier qualifying mark unless another swimmer can get a faster time Mission Viejo race taking place and the end of the month. Former Arizona standout Chris Wieser took third place.
Fail will swim in the 200 Fly on Tuesday which he feels is his best event.
HIGH SCHOOL TO TOKYO
Schnell joins former Sabino softball standout Kelsey Harshman at the Tokyo Olympics. Harshman qualified for the Olympics as a member of Team Canada in softball competition. Former Canyon del Oro baseball standout Ian Kinsler is scheduled to play for Team Israel. Schnell won an AIA state high school diving championship for Tucson. Abdi Abdirahman made the USA Olympic Team as a distance runner but the Tucson High grad did not compete in high school.
Delaney Schnell ending the night on a high note!
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