July 23, 2013
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BARCELONA — Former University of Iowa diver Deidre Freeman placed 11th in the 1-meter springboard finals at the FINA World Championships at Barcelona’s Piscina Municipal de Montjuic, finishing with 236.30 points.
Aside from a front 2 1/2 pike that earned just 35.10 points, Freeman was solid throughout the competition. She scored between 48.30 and 53.80 points on her four other dives, with best score coming on her reverse 1 1/2 with 1 1/2 twists in the last round.
“On my front, I had the best top I’ve ever had on that dive,” said Freeman. “I guess I just didn’t know what to do with it. Other than that, I was pretty consistent. I felt like I had more adrenaline today, and minus my front, I thought I had a pretty good list.”
China’s He Zi came from behind to edge Italy’s Tania Cagnotto by 0.10 of a point, scoring 307.10 points for the gold. Wang Han, also of China, scored 297.75 for the bronze.
Freeman will next compete in the preliminaries of the 3-meter springboard Friday.