GATINEAU, Canada — Tennessee junior Liam Stone enjoyed the best day of international competition of his career, qualifying for the 3-meter springboard diving Friday at the FINA Coupe Canada Cup.
Stone, representing his native New Zealand, finished fourth among 30 divers in preliminaries with a score of 419.65. He took second in semifinal A (400.05) to qualify for the six-man championship on Sunday.
“It was a really excellent performance by Liam to move on to his first Grand Prix final,” Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. “This is a big step for Liam and his international career, especially as it relates to future selection for meets like the world championships later this summer. I’m very excited for his performance Sunday.”
Stone will be back on the boards Saturday, competing in the 3-meter synchronized springboard with Anton Jenkins.
The FINA Coupe Canada Cup is a stop on the FINA Grand Prix. Twenty nations are entered in the meet.
“It was a very respectively prelims. It was steady as could be going into the semifinals.
TOUSSAINT QUALIFIES FOR FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Tennessee senior Kira Toussaint, who finished her All-American career in March, won the 50-meter backstroke at the Eindhoven Cup in 28.13 seconds to qualify for this summer’s FINA World Championships in Budapest.