Stanford freshman Kristian Ipsen and partner Troy Dumais won a silver medal on their first day of diving, finishing second to Mexico's Yahel Castillo and Julian Sanchez in the synchronized three-meter at the Pan American Games on Wednesday.
in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Both teams remained close over the first three dives, before Mexico extended the lead after four dives to 27 points, never to look back and finish with 457.32 points. Ipsen and Dumais combined for 411.99 points. Cuba finished third with 384.33 points.
The Americans and the Mexicans were the only teams over 100 points after two dives, with Mexico leading by just .60. Both teams were separated by seven points after the third round, before Mexico scored 9.0's or better from eight of the 11 judges on a front 3.5 somersault pike, for a score of 85.56 to give them a 27-point lead following its fourth dive. The U.S. faltered on the fourth dive, a forward two somersault twist, scoring 6.5's or better from eight judges for 65.28 points.
On the fifth dive, Ipsen and Dumais rebounded on a reverse 3.5 somersault tuck to score its highest score to that point, 87.15 points. Mexico though had already tallied a 90.30 on the same dive, scoring 8.5's from eight judges. The duo finished off the meet with 7.5's in their sixth and final dive.
Ipsen will also compete in the three-meter springboard on Thursday, while graduate Cassidy Krug will compete in the three-meter on Friday and the three-meter synch.
Canada, with Stanford's Kristina Vaculik ('14) competing, won the silver in the team final while finishing 3.15 points behind the victorious U.S. team.
Vaculik turned in Canada's best score on the uneven bars (14.275) and, out of the four disciplines, notched the highest cumulative score of the team with a 54.625.
Men's water polo
The U.S. men defeated Argentina, 13-7, in its final Group B match to qualify for the semifinal round.
Stanford grads Layne Beaubien, Peter Hudnut and Peter Varellas each scored a goal in the win. Varellas added an assist, steal and block to his line while Beaubien also made a field block.
The U.S. meets Cuba in Thursday's first semifinal.
Women's water polo
The U.S. women had no problem once again in Group B play Tuesday, routing Cuba, 19-3. The win earned the women a berth in the semifinal round Wednesday.
Stanford's Melissa Seidemann led the U.S. with five goals in the win, while Cardinal grad Brenda Villa scored twice and freshman Maggie Steffens added one.
The U.S. scored five goals in the first period and four more in the second to take control of the contest with a 9-1 halftime lead.