KAZAN, Russia—The Arizona State diving team, representing three countries on a global stage, kicked off the first leg of international competition at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Three-time Pac-12 Champion Constatin Blaha, representing his home country of Austria, finished sixth overall on the men’s 3-meter springboard with a score of 391.55. Blaha’s fifth dive of a forward two and a half somersault with one twist was the highest scored of the finals at that degree of difficulty. Blaha also finished seventh on 1-meter springboard with a score of 422.05.
ASU diver Harrison Jones, representing Team USA, also qualified finals of the men’s 3-meter springboard with teammate Blaha and finished eighth overall with a score of 363.85. Jones time in Russia is short, as he is meeting Arizona State diving head coach Mark Bradshaw and teammate Riley McCormick in Spain for the FINA World Championships.
The FINA World Championships is the top international competition for diving in non-Olympic years. Jones qualified to represent the United States in the 1-meter springboard and will compete for Team USA alongside Olympic medalists David Boudia and Kristian Ipsen. Also representing the United States, Bradshaw will return to Team USA as a member of the coaching staff after competing for the organization as a diver in multiple World Championships and the 1988 Seoul Korea Olympic Games.
McCormick, who competed in the Beijing and London Olympic Games, will once again represent his home country of Canada on the men’s 3-meter platform. Diving competition at the FINA World Championships begins July 22 in Barcelona, Spain.