Amherst’s Michael Hixon bronze in Pan Am Games 3-meter synchronized diving

  • From left to right, silver medalists Philippe Gagne and Francois Imbeau-Dulac, of Canada, gold medalists Yahel Castillo and Juan Celaya, of Mexico, and bronze medalists Michael Hixon and Andrew Capobianco, of the United States, pose with their medal last the podium for men's synchronized 3m springboard at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) Moises Castillo

  • United States' Michael Hixon and Andrew Capobianco compete in the men's synchronized 3m springboard final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) Moises Castillo

  • United States' Michael Hixon competes in the men's diving 10m springboard at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) Moises Castillo

Published: 8/4/2019 9:35:00 PM

Amherst’s Michael Hixon teamed with Andrew Capobianco to win the synchronized 3-meter diving bronze medal Saturday at the Pan Am Championships in Lima, Peru.

They scored 404.13 points. Mexico’s ahel Castillo and Juan Celaya took gold at 429.81, and Canadians Philippe Gagne and Francois Imbeau-Dulac had 414.21 points for silver.

Hixon and Capobianco led after the third round when they scored 85.68 points on a front 2 ½ with two twists. They dropped to second after the fourth round. Hixon and Capobianco led the Canadians by 3.24 points heading into the final round but only scored 67.26 points on a front 4 ½ tuck to drop into third.

Hixon and Capobianco’s scored improved by 16.05 points over last month’s FINA World Championships, where they were eighth.

“It was better than we did at World Championships two weeks ago but it’s still a little bit disappointing. We know we can do better than that,” Capobianco said. “We were hoping to get the gold medal tonight but it’s alright, we’ll go back home and regroup and rebuild and then hopefully be back for next year.”

Both Hixon and Capobianco also reached the individual 3-meter final. Capobianco placed sixth with 431.85 points. Hixon was 11th (358.95).

Colombia’s Daniel Restrepo captured gold with 468.1 points.




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