Qinxin Zhao and Han Wang of China won the gold medal with 300.90 points, Michelle Cabassol and Kaylea Arnett of the U.S., were second at 290.76 and Maria Smirnova and Svetlana Filippova of Russia third at 285.30.
The Ware sisters, who started training for the event only two weeks ago, received marks as high as 8.5’s on each of their five dives to finish with 279.39 points out of 14 entries.
‘’We’re really happy it went really well,’’ said Pamela Ware, 15, two years younger than Carol Ann. ‘’Competing together in synchro was something we always wanted to do and this opportunity came up. Usually we have different synchro partners.’’
The result was surprising to the Wares after a tough week in training.
‘’We weren’t expecting to do that well at all,’’ said Carol Ann Ware, who started diving when she was nine and was followed by her sister a few months later. ‘’We put more backward take-offs in our list which is what we do well and that paid off. There’s a possibility we could continue together in the future but we feel we’d be better suited for the synchro 10-metre.’’
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