FINA World Cup diving: Amherst’s Michael Hixon lands 4th in 3-meter synchronized

  • Amherst's Michael Hixon finished fourth in men's synchronized 3-meter diving at the 2021 FINA World Cup in Tokyo over the weekend. FILE PHOTO

  • Amherst's Michael Hixon, left, and and fellow Indiana product Andrew Capobianco finished fourth in the men's three-meter springboard synchronized event at the FINA World Cup this weekend in Tokyo. USA DIVING—

Published: 5/2/2021 11:26:11 AM

Amherst’s Michael Hixon helped the United States book a synchronized diving slot for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. The next step is making it back for the games.

He and his diving partner Andrew Capobianco finished fourth in the men’s synchronized three-meter springboard at the 2021 FINA World Cup. That result means the United States will be able to compete in the event at this fall’s Olympics. It doesn’t guarantee Hixon and Capobianco will be the representatives. They will still need to win the U.S. Olympic Trials in early June.

At the World Cup, the pair scored a 414.18, which left them just 1.5 points off the podium. Great Britain’s Jack Laugher – a Rio Olympics gold medalist – and Daniel Goodfellow captured gold with a 440.94.

“Tonight was really special for Mike and I,” Capobianco said in a release. “We haven’t necessarily had all the preparation that we wanted leading into this but we showed a lot of heart and fight, which makes us feel really confident moving forward. It is such an honor to have gotten the call to compete for the Olympic quota spot and I’m just so excited that we did our job.”

Hixon and Capobianco qualified in the fourth position for the finals then switched their final dive from a front three- and one-half pike to a front four and a half tuck. Their best dive was their fourth, an inward three- and one-half tuck which scored 84.66 points.

“Mike and Andrew had a fantastic day today,” said Dan Laak, High Performance Director for USA Diving, in a release. “Going into the competition we knew that they had the dives and as long as they were able to execute, we had a great shot at qualifying. As always, they were calm under pressure and true professionals. We are extremely proud of their finish today and are looking forward to our final four days of competition.”

Hixon will also compete in the men’s individual 3-meter springboard, which begins with preliminaries Tuesday.


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