Carlson second, Harrison fifth, Macaulay sixth at Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Oslo
Molly Carlson finished second, Aimee Harrison was fifth, and Jessica Macaulay sixth on Saturday at the fourth stop on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Oslo, Norway.
Rhiannan Iffland of Australia finished atop the podium with a combined score of 378.60, and American Meili Carpenter was third with a cumulative score of 314.10.
Carlson, who won her first career event in Boston earlier this season, was second heading into her final dive. The 23-year-old scored 89.30 on her fourth-round dive to finish with a combined score of 327.55.
“I got back to my consistent self,” said Carlson. “I kind of had a fallout in Copenhagen, so to get back up there on the podium here in Oslo was super exciting, and I think this is going to create a lot of momentum into the later half of the season.”
Harrison, the 27-year-old wild card diver on the Red Bull Cliff Diving Series, finished with a combined score of 299.00. The fifth-place finish was a career-best for Harrison on the Red Bull tour.
The Winnipeg native was sixth heading into her final and scored 92.40 on her last attempt – the front quad half into front four summersault.
“Today was a little bit more of a mental day, but I felt quite calm and prepared going into it,” said Harrison. “I did both dives in warm up, and they were fine. I just wanted to clean them up a little bit. For the quad, it was absolutely the best one I’ve done – it was only the first one I’ve done in competition – but it was definitely the best one I’ve done.”
Macaulay, who reached her first podium of the season in Copenhagen, entered the final round on Saturday in eight and scored 104.00 on her final dive to finish with a combined score of 293.20.
After four events on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Carlson is second in the overall standings with a score of 630.00 behind only Iffland, who has a combined score of 760.00. Macaulay is fourth at 408.00.
“Rhiannan was way ahead today, so I wasn’t even focusing on the battle this time,” Carlson said. “I just wanted to hit my dives safely and be consistent. Unfortunately, I was a little bit short a vertical as the visuals made it difficult to see the water. Having 50,000 fans in attendance is always a distraction, but I love it. I’m excited to battle it out with Rhiannan as the season progresses. I think my momentum is building.”
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