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Wolf Pack alum earns second berth in Tokyo Olympics

Alison Gibson and Krysta Palmer of the United States compete during the women's 3m synchro...
Alison Gibson and Krysta Palmer of the United States compete during the women's 3m synchro springboard competitions at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Monday, July 15, 2019.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Updated: Jun. 12, 2021 at 4:23 PM PDT
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (KOLO) -University of Nevada, Reno graduate Krysta Palmer earned a second berth Saturday in the Tokyo Olympic Games scheduled to start July 23.

Palmer, who is also a volunteer assistant coach, topped the 3-meter springboard with a final score of 1011.95. That competition starts July 29.

She and partner Alison Gibson qualified for the Olympics Thursday night in the synchronized 3-meter springboard. That competition starts July 24.

This is how the Wolf Pack athletic department described it in a statement:

“The Carson City native entered Saturday’s individual 3-meter springboard final in the top spot, and her superb start to the five-round final left no doubt that she would grab one of the two automatic Olympic bids. Palmer paced the field with an average score of 71.36 over her five dives, nearly five points better than the closest competitor, and had her bid sealed by the end of the fourth round, sitting 89.0 points clear of third place.”

She is the seventh Wolf Pack swimming and diving competitor to go to the Olympics but the first to represent the U.S.

Other Wolf Pack Olympians include Natalia Pulido (Spain 1992), Lise Mackie (Australia, 1992-96), Chavisa Thaveesupsoonthorn (Thailand, 2004-08), May Ooi (Singapore 1992), Limin Liu (China, 1996-2000) and Diana Sokolowska (Poland, 2012).

Palmer competed for the Pack from 2012 to 2016, earning two National Collegiate Athletic Association All-American honorable mention accolades and two Mountain West Diver of the Year awards. In addition, Palmer compiled four Mountain West titles and competed in two NCAA Championships during her junior and senior campaigns. As a senior, Palmer was named Nevada’s 2015-16 Ruth Russell Award winner, which is given annually to the school’s top senior female student-athlete.

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