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Palmer earns berth on U.S. diving team

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Krysta Palmer

University of Nevada senior and Douglas High product Krysta Palmer competed at the recent USA Diving Winter National Championships in Indianapolis, where she placed eighth on platform to earn a spot on the U.S. Diving National Team.

In a field featuring the country’s top divers and Olympic hopefuls, Palmer placed eighth out 68 competitors with 887.35 total points on platform at the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis Natatorium. Palmer improved on her 10th-place position in the finals to place eighth and earn a spot on the national team.

“My goal coming into this was to place in the top eight because I knew that was the national team cutoff, so I’m really excited right now,” Palmer told the Nevadawolfpack.com website. “It’s a little funny … I’ve only been diving for exactly three years now and everybody out here is asking, ‘Where did this girl come from?’ It’s been really fun to meet everyone here, perform well and put my name out there.”

Palmer, who competed as a gymnast prior to college, is the reigning Mountain West Conference Diver of the Year.

Palmer opened the USA meet with a 277.65-point effort in the platform preliminary round, placing eighth overall as the top 18 advanced to semifinals. Palmer then scored a 278.35 in the semifinal round to bring her cumulative score to 556.00, good for 10th place as the top 12 advanced to finals.

Palmer faced pressure in the final round. She needed to move up two positions to be a part of the top eight and qualify for the national team. She came through with a clutch score of 331.35 — the second-highest among all finalists in that round — to bring her cumulative total to 887.35 points.

Palmer performed five dives from 10 meters in each platform round. She opened with a back two-and-a-half somersault, then a one-and-a-half twist pike followed by a forward three-and-a half somersault pike. Then she performed an inward three-and-a-half somersault tuck, followed by an arm stand back two somersault, one-and-a-half twist free. Palmer’s final dive was a back three-and-a-half somersault tuck.

Palmer is the reigning Mountain West Conference Diver of the Year.