TOKYO — The American diving duo of Delaney Schnell and Jessica Parratto took silver in the women’s synchronized 10-meter platform on Tuesday, marking the first time the U.S. women have won medals in the Olympic event.
Schnell, 22, and Parratto, 27, finished with 310.80 total points, which was 52.98 points behind first-place China and 11.1 points ahead of third-place Mexico. Since the event was introduced at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, China has taken gold at each subsequent Summer Games.
Prior to appearing at the Tokyo Olympics, Schnell and Parratto had only competed once together internationally. They finished seventh at the 2019 Canada Cup World Series in the event.
A two-time Olympian, Parratto competed in the synchronized 10-meter platform with partner Amy Cozad at the 2016 Rio Olympics and finished in seventh place with 301.02 points. She also participated in the individual 10-meter platform event and placed 10th with a score of 334.60 points. Parratto, an alumna of Indiana University, was the NCAA champion in 10-meter diving in 2015.
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Schnell, who competes for the University of Arizona, is appearing in her first Olympics. She competed in the 2019 World Aquatics Championships, where she won the bronze in the women’s 10-meter platform. She became the first U.S. woman to earn an individual world medal in the event in 14 years.