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Krysta Palmer makes Team USA for 2017 World Championships

Diver Krysta Palmer trains at the University of Nevada, Reno (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Carson City native and University of Nevada alum Krysta Palmer has made Team USA in the 3-meter springboard for the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. The women's 3-meter springboard event will take place July 20th-21st.

"Even just you saying it still gives me the chills," said Palmer when News 4 asked how it felt to be heading to the World Championships. "My emotions are just a roller coaster right now. It just really cool to be going to the World Championships as my first international meet."


Only the top two USA divers in the 3-meter springboard qualified for Worlds. Palmer took second with a score of 927.60. The top finisher was Gainsville's Brooke Schultz at 976.30. Schultz is just 18 years old. The next closest diver to Palmer was Alison Gibson who finished third with 866.50 points. To see full results, click here.

Palmer actually thought she was going to make it to Worlds after the semi-finals, even though five points separated second and fourth place.

"At that point I really realized I have a chance. I just kept reminding myself, 'It’s not done yet, keep going, you have a lot of times to go.' Definitely one of my toughest nights to sleep last night. I knew that my diving was on point and I was like, 'I think I’m going to make it.'"

The Douglas alum calmed those nerves by, "just treating the competition like practice," and told herself, "You don't have to do anything outstanding. Just be normal."

Palmer qualified for the USA Olympic Trials last year in the 10-meter platform and the women's synchronized platform events. She eventually placed fourth in the synchronized platform and ninth in the 10-meter platform. Palmer also named the Mountain West Diver of the Year her junior and senior seasons with the Wolf Pack.

She remembers her time as a Wolf Pack diver fondly.

"Wearing Nevada has always been an honor for me and it will always be an honor for me. The community has always been so great and has supported me so much," said Palmer.

Her Nevada diving coach Jian Li You will also be a part of Team USA's coaching staff at Worlds.

But Palmer is already looking forward to a bigger goal: The 2020 Toyko Olympics.

"It definitely puts me out there," said Palmer of making the World Championship team. "In diving it’s really important to have a name. This is just the first step. One step closer."


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