Representing Australia, Nel posted a six-dive score of 420.75. He scored in the 70-point range on five of six dives, but a 45.90 on his fourth dive doomed his chances for a top eight finish. Chong He of China won the gold medal with a score of 544.95 with Evgeny Kuznetsov of Russia and Yahel Castillo of Mexico taking the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
In the women’s three-meter dive, former A&M NCAA Champion Jaele Patrick, also representing Australia, advanced through the prelims with a score of 291.60, but finished 16th in the semifinals with a score of 276.50 and did not advance.
The swimming portion of the FINA World Championships begins on Sunday, July 28. Among the current, former and future Aggies in Barcelona are Cammile Adams and Breeja Larson with Team USA), Erica Dittmer, Lili Ibanez and Rita Medrano with Mexico, Alia Atkinson (Jamaica) and Sycerika McMahon (Ireland).