Douglas High graduate Krysta Palmer and her partner Alison Gibson finished 10th in the women’s synchronized 3-meter Monday at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
Palmer and Gibson finished with 274.47 points to finish 10th after placing fifth in the morning preliminaries. They were in sixth place after three rounds, but a miss for 54.87 points on a front 3 ½ pike dropped them to 10th after round four. They hit that same dive for 72.54 points in the preliminaries.
The top three teams qualified their countries for the 2020 Olympic Games. Palmer and Gibson will have other opportunities to qualify before the 2020 Olympics, July 24 to Aug. 9 in Tokyo.
“It was a really awesome experience competing for the second time at the FINA World Championships. I was really happy with how I dove, and our training’s been going really well. There were a few small mistakes in there, but overall we’re a super team,” Gibson told USA Diving’s website. “Being able to make the final and say that you’re top 10 in the world is pretty crazy, so I’m coming out of this with a lot of positive thoughts. I’m excited to see what the future holds.”