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Young, Cozad Ready for FINA Grand Prix



May 7, 2014

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Katrina Young and Amy Cozad will represent Team USA as the lone 10-meter synchro duo. 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  The FINA (Federation Internationale De Natation)Diving Grand Prix will be making its fourth stop on the  eight-event circuit in San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 8-11. Representing Team USA in the four-day meet at the San Juan Natatorium Aquatic Complex will be rising FSU redshirt senior Katrina Young and Amy Cozad.

“I’m anxious to see these ladies compete again,” FSU head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “Individually, Katrina has worked very hard after NCAA’s in order to get her ready for this meet and when she’s matched with Amy in synchro, it’s even better. We’re very excited for this weekend and I can’t wait to coach these ladies.”

Young will compete on Friday in the preliminaries of the 10-meter platform, with hopes of advancing to the semifinal later that day.  The final for the women’s 10-meter platform is scheduled for Sunday.

The Shoreline, Wash. native is one of two representatives for the United States in the event.  Makenzie Tweardy (Purdue) will also don the Red, White and Blue and dive the 10-meter platform.

FINA rules mandate that the top 12 scoring divers from individual prelims are divided into two semifinal heats. The top three in each semifinal advance into the final round.

On Saturday, Cozad will join Young in the 10-meter synchronized final for their second outing as a pair. The duo won the event at the World Cup Trials, which was held at the Morcom Aquatics Center in April and will contest in the FINA World Cup on July 15-20 in Shanghai.

Each year, the FINA Diving Grand Prix invites divers from all parts of the world to compete during the February-June period in a circuit of eight four-day meets. 

FINA intends to provide the international diving elite with a high-level competition that takes place in countries or locations that have a strong tradition in the sport, therefore enhancing their popularity.

The 2014 FINA Grand Prix has made three previous stops – Madrid (Feb. 14-16), Rosenstock (Germany, Feb. 21-23), Gatineau (Canada, May 1-4), prior to San Juan. Kelsey Goodman is scheduled to participate in the fifth Grand Prix, which is held in Guanajuato, Mexico on May 15-18. The circuit will pick up again in August before closing out with two meets in October.

 Results from each day can be found at divemeets.com. For more information on Florida State swimming and diving, visit Twitter and Facebook. 


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