US Diving Trials: Amherst’s Michael Hixon finishes 4th in 3-meter springboard

  • Amherst’s Michael Hixon capped his week at the US Olympic Diving Trials with a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s 3-meter springboard final. COURTESY USA DIVING

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Published: 6/13/2021 9:06:59 PM

While Amherst’s Michael Hixon already punched his ticket to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, he fell short of qualifying for a second event at the US Diving Olympic Trials in Indianapolis on Sunday night.

Hixon finished fourth in the men’s 3-meter springboard, falling short of a berth in Tokyo in the event where only the top two finishers at the Trials were guaranteed a spot.

Hixon sat fourth with two dives remaining Sunday night, and moved up to third place after his second-to-last attempt. Needing to jump over one more diver to earn a top two spot however, he wound up sliding back a position to settle for fourth overall with a final score of 1309.65 points.

Tyler Downs finished first in the event with a total score of 1333.75 points. Andrew Capobianco was second with 1319.40 points, and the pair will both compete at the Olympics.

David Boudia wound up third with 1314.95 points.

Hixon will join Capobianco in Tokyo, as the partners won the men’s synchronized 3-meter springboard event with 1289.37 points on Friday night and will represent the red, white and blue abroad in that event. They led wire to wire in Indianapolis.

It’ll be the second straight Games for Hixon. He made it with then-synchro partner Sam Dorman, who attended this year’s trials as a fan, and as an individual. Hixon and Dorman captured a silver medal in 2016.

Competition will begin July 28 in Tokyo.

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