In The News 2015

FREEMAN & TAYLOR TAKE BRONZE IN 3-METER SYNCRO IN PAN AMERICAN GAMES

TORONTO – University of Iowa graduate Deidre Freeman and University of Texas' graduate Maren Taylor teamed up to claim the bronze medal in the 3-meter synchronized diving competition at the 2015 Pan American Games. Freeman and Taylor finished with 293.10 points, third behind Mexico's Paola Espinosa and Dolores Hernandez (301.20) and Canada's Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware (298.23). Freeman and Taylor's score was their career best in an international competition, topping their previous best of 286.80 from the 2014 FINA Canada Cup. The Pan Am bronze was their third international bronze medal together, having also won bronze at the 2014 Canada Cup and 2014 Malaysia Grand Prix. The Americans were in second place after round three, when they scored 69.30 points on their back 2 ½ pike. The Canadians overtook them in the fourth round when they scored 73.47 points on a front 3 ½ pike, while Freeman and Taylor received 62.10 points on a reverse 2 ½ pike to move to third. They held onto the bronze medal spot with 65.70 points on their final dive, a front 2 ½ with one twist. "We were consistent, and that's what we strive for," said Taylor. "These are some good teams, and we're proud we stayed close to them in the scores. Deidre and I don't live in the same place, so we don't get to practice together as often as some other teams do, but we have similar styles so that helps." Freeman will now shift to a training phase to prepare for winter nationals, potential world cup events and the upcoming Olympic trials.

FREEMAN QUALIFIES FOR 2015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Press release from UNIVERSITY OF IOWA athletic site. 4/12/15  GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Former University of Iowa diver Deidre Freeman placed second in the women's synchronized 3-meter springboard finals on Sunday afternoon following day four of the USA Diving Synchronized National Championships. "I'm really proud of Deidre diving to a second-place finish today and qualifying for the Pan Am Games," said UI diving coach Todd Waikel. "She's been working so hard lately and she put together a solid set this afternoon." Freeman, a Grinnell, Iowa, native, teamed up with University of Texas standout Maren Taylor. The duo compiled 291.00 points during the preliminary round and totaled 597.60 during the finals session. Freeman and Taylor topped out at 72.00 points during their third dive, a back 2 1/2 somersault pike. With the runner-up finish, the pair automatically qualifies for the Pan American Games this summer from July 10-26, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Freeman also paired up with TriSynerG Diving Academy's Jessica Parratto in 3-meter springboard competition. The two finished fifth overall, diving to a score of 578.40. Freeman returns to action on Thursday, competing in the USA Diving Fina Grand Prix in San Juan, Puerto Rico from April 16-19.

Freeman and Parratto take home 3-meter synchro silver at Puerto Rico Grand Prix

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa) and Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) won the silver medal in synchronized 3-meter to close out the FINA Puerto Rico Grand Prix on Sunday. The American pair finished with 272.40 points to take the silver medal behind China’s Wu Chunting and Qu Lin, who scored 305.40 points for gold. Puerto Rico’s Luisa Jiminez and Jeniffer Fernandez were third at 266.25. Freeman and Parratto were in seventh place after the two rounds of voluntary dives but came back strong on their three optional dives. Their back 2 ½ pike in round three scored 66.60 points and moved them into second place. They held on to that position for the duration of the contest, scoring 55.80 points on their reverse 2 ½ pike and 63 points on their front 2 ½ with one twist. “I was really relaxed because my stressful (optional) dives are my front and my inward, and today I didn’t have to do them. It’s always fun doing synchro because you get to share the experience. It was really windy today, and we got through things together. We got a little off on our front dive (in round two) because of the wind, but we came back and put three great optionals together,” said Freeman, who finished sixth in the individual 3-meter final on Saturday. For Parratto, it was her first senior international competition on springboard. She also competed in the individual and synchronized 10-meter events earlier in the week, finishing fourth in synchro and 11thindividually. “We just wanted to have fun. It was my international debut on 3-meter, and it couldn’t have gone better. To deal with all the components we were fighting against, like the wind, I thought it was great,” Parratto said. The silver medal was the second trip to the podium this week for Team USA. Samantha Pickens(Murrysville, Pa./Tucson, Ariz.) won the individual 3-meter bronze Saturday.

2015 Olympic Performance Squad

In January Deidre was once again named to the AT&T Olympic Performance Squad by USA Diving. Making the Olympic Performance Squad for a second time is a great accomplishment for Deidre and an important step in her bid for the 2016 Olympic Diving Team. For more information on the AT&T Olympic Performance Squad, visit USADiving.org.

USA Diving Events

Deidre has been named to the competition rooster for the Synchro Nationals/World Trials, FINA Grand Prix, Individual 3m World Trials and US Nationals. For more information on these events please visit USADiving.org.

In The News — 2014

2014 was a great year for Deidre. Read about event highlights below.

See Deidre on TV!

Watch Deidre's appearance on KCWI's "Great Day" morning show by clicking here.  She was interviewed by Jason Parkin, Jackie Schmillen and Lou Sipolt on March 10, 2014.

FINA/NVC Diving World Series

Amanda Burke and Deidre Freeman made their debut as a synchro team and placed ninth with 282.30 points in the women’s synchronized 3-meter final, with 2013 world champions Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia of China winning gold with 330.60 points in the 2014 FINA Diving World Series in Beijing. One week later,  Deidre and Amanda Burke scored 273.30 points in the women’s synchronized 3-meter event to place sixth in the 2014 FINA Diving World Series in Dubai. They were in second place heading into the final round but missed their last dive, a front 2 ½ with a twist, to drop to sixth.  For more information on these diving competitions, visit USA Diving.

USA Diving World Cup

Deidre and diving partner, Maren Taylor finished 2nd in the USA Diving World Cup Synchronization Trials in Tallahassee, Florida, April 11 – 13.  They completed the competition with a score of 533.40.

FINA Canada Cup Grand Prix

She will also be competing in the 2014 FINA Canada Cup Grand Prix in Gatineau, Canada May 1-4. She will compete with diving partner, Maren Taylor, in 3-meter synchro.

2014 AT&T USA Diving National Championships

Deidre will be competing in the 2014 AT&T USA National Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee August 12 - 17.  The event will feature 125 of the best divers in the United States, vying for 10 national championships.  For more information, visit the AT&T National Diving Championships page.

Olympic Performance Squad

Deidre was named to the Olympic Performance Squad by USA Diving in January 2014.  This designation gives her access to further training, medical and coaching support, and is a key step in making the final cut for the 2016 Olympic Team.