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Delaney Schnell pulled off one of the best performances for an American at the Tokyo Olympics since Laura Wilkinson took fifth place in the 10-Meter Platform at the 2004 Olympics held in Athens. Quan Hongchan of China won gold with 466.20 points, Chen Yuxi of China won silver with 425.40, Australia’s Melissa Wu took bronze with 371.40, Gabriela Agundez Garcia of Mexico scored 358.50 for fourth place and Delaney came in with 340.40 points.
2016 Olympian Jessica Parratto teamed up with Delaney to win the silver medal in the Women’s 10-Meter Synchro Finals earlier in Tokyo. This was the first-ever medal for Team USA in 10-Meter Synchro.
In high school, Delaney scored a record 504.15 points to capture the AIA state diving championship as a freshman in 2013 for Tucson High. It is a point total that might never be broken. She went on to compete for the University of Arizona where she still has two years of eligibility. Delaney is studying for her master’s degree in Speech Pathology and we sat down with Delaney on Monday to discuss her success and her future plans.
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2020-21 Tokyo Olympics Silver Medal in 10-m Synchronized Dive
Qualified for 2021 Tokyo Olympics in 10-Meter Synchronized Platform and Platform Dives
School Record in the Platform (383.35)
Three-time All-American in the 1-Meter Dive (2018, 2019, 2021)
Two-Time All-American in the Platform Dive (2019, 2021)
2021 Pac-12 Champion in Platform and 1-Meter Dives
2021 Pac-12 Diver of the Year
2019 All-American in 3-Meter Dive
CSCAA Scholar All-American (2018 & 2020)
Pac-12 Women’s Freshman Diver of the Year (2018)
Two-Time Silver medalist at the Junior Pan American Championships
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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 AZPreps365.com. 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at email@example.com