Delaney Schnell qualifies for the Olympics in the Synchronized 10-Meter Platform

(UA Graphic)

Delaney Schnell (Arizona) and Jessica Parratto (Indiana) scored 930 points to claim the top spot at the Women’s Synchronized 10-Meter Platform trials held in Indianapolis on Friday. Katrina Young (Florida State) and Murphy Bromberg (Texas) took second with 888.54 points. Only the top partners will represent Team USA in Tokyo.

Schnell and Parratto led the field by 23.46 points after ten dives and the pair increased their lead during the remaining five dives. Tarrin Gilliland (Indiana) started out as Schnell’s partner but Parratto stepped in due to an injury to Gilliland. Schnell and Parratto placed third when they were last teamed up in the USA Diving National Championships in December of 2019.

Parratto made the 2016 Olympics with another partner, ending Schnell’s hopes at the 2016 trials.

“Not at all,” Schnell told Karen Rosen of TeamUSA.org when asked about hard feelings from the 2016 trials. “I was really young at that time and still learning a lot and just working on becoming a better diver. I wasn’t quite at that level yet.”

The Tokyo Olympics are slated to being on July 23.

“Jess and I just decided we want to try and not only make the team, but also bring back medals,” Schnell added. “I think we just both felt that as a pair we would have been the best chance for that.”

Schnell joins former Sabino softball standout Kelsey Harshman at the 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.

Kelsey Harshman. (Team Canada Photo)


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