April 12, 2015
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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Former University of Iowa diver Deidre Freeman placed second in the women’s synchronized 3-meter springboard finals on Sunday afternoon following day four of the USA Diving Synchronized National Championships.
“I’m really proud of Deidre diving to a second-place finish today and qualifying for the Pan Am Games,” said UI diving coach Todd Waikel. “She’s been working so hard lately and she put together a solid set this afternoon.”
Freeman, a Grinnell, Iowa, native, teamed up with University of Texas standout Maren Taylor. The duo compiled 291.00 points during the preliminary round and totaled 597.60 during the finals session.
Freeman and Taylor topped out at 72.00 points during their third dive, a back 2 1/2 somersault pike.
With the runner-up finish, the pair automatically qualifies for the Pan American Games this summer from July 10-26, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Freeman also paired up with TriSynerG Diving Academy’s Jessica Parratto in 3-meter springboard competition. The two finished fifth overall, diving to a score of 578.40.
In the mixed synchronized 3-meter event, Freeman and Harvard’s Michael Mosca finished 16th with a score of 184.50.
Freeman returns to action on Thursday, competing in the USA Diving Fina Grand Prix in San Juan, Puerto Rico from April 16-19.