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Palmer ninth on platform at Olympic Trials diving

Staff Reports
Krysta Palmer

Douglas County product and University of Nevada alum Krysta Palmer finished ninth in the women’s individual 10-meter platform Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving in Indianapolis.

Palmer, the two-time Mountain West Diver of the Year, finished with 855.75 points during competition at the Indiana University Natatorium. She came into the finals with a 573.60 cumulative score from the prelims and semifinals.

Jessica Parratto and Katrina Young secured the top two places to qualify for the Summer Olympics on Aug. 5-21 Rio de Janeiro. Parratto and Amy Cozad also will represent the U.S. in the women’s synchronized 10-meter event, where Palmer combined with 13-year-old Tarrin Gilliland to take fourth-place.

Parratto led going into the finals and maintained her lead en route to a final score of 1,030.05. Young jumped two places on her final three dives to take second-place.

This will mark the first Olympics for Parratto, who celebrated her 22nd birthday on Monday. Parratto has won seven senior national titles and qualified for the national team six times. Her father, Mike, coached one of the most decorated female swimmers in Olympic history, Jenny Thompson. Her mother, Amy, was a five-time diving All-American at Wellesley College.