Pickens Wraps Up Competition at FINA World Championships - The Explorer: UA Wildcats

Pickens Wraps Up Competition at FINA World Championships

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 9:24 am

Arizona rising senior and NCAA Champion diver Samantha Pickens concluded competition at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Pickens represented Team USA in the 1-meter springboard and 3-meter synchronized diving events.

Pickens opened up the competition on Saturday with partner Amanda Burke for a seventh place finish in the 3m synchronized competition. Burke and Pickens, both competing in their first World Championships, scored 284.64 points in the final. It was their first international meet together as a synchro team, and their score was less than eight points behind bronze medalists Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware of Canada (292.08). China’s Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao captured the gold at 338.40, with silver going to Italy’s Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape at 307.80.

Burke and Pickens improved their score from the preliminaries by nearly 20 points as the duo scored 265.92 in the morning session.

In the finals, Burke and Pickens scored more than 63 points on all three of their optional dives, including a back 2 ½ pike that earned 68.40 points. In the morning preliminaries, only one optional dive went for more than 60 points.

They were one of 21 teams in the event and the only American team.

Meanwhile, competing in her first individual event at the FINA World Championship, Pickens scored 232.65 points in the 1m competition to finish 14th in the preliminaries, just missing a spot in the finals by 4.5 points after making a strong comeback late in the contest. Pickens was in 34th place after three dives but rallied with 52.80 points on her reverse 1 ½ pike and 55.20 points on her inward 1 ½ pike in the final two rounds to jump to 14th. The top 12 advanced to the finals.

The Wildcats will have Kevin CordesKevin Steel, Matt Grevers and Christine Magnuson competing in the swimming competition beginning on July 28. U of A head coach Eric Hansen will serve on Team USA’s men’s swimming coaching staff.

© 2014 The Explorer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More about

Welcome to the discussion.

Kino College

Kino CollegeEnroll today: http://www.kinocollege.com/

HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

MOS: Storms and Floods

We asked the community about the coming floods and storms.

MOS: Back To School

We asked the community about the new school semester starting.

More Featured Videos
Spacer4px

Follow us on Facebook