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Plainfield’s Daryn Wright headed to Paris Olympics as U.S. picks up another diver spot



West Lafayette, Indiana – The US has added another diver to their team for the Olympics in Paris.

After getting second place in the women’s 10-meter platform event, World Aquatics added Daryn Wright from Plainfield, Indiana to the team.

Wright came in second place in that event at the U.S. Olympic tryouts last weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee, but that didn’t mean he would be going to the Olympics.

“It has been a long four days, but thankfully it came out on top with the good news,” the 20-year-old Wright said Thursday after learning she was headed to her first Summer Games. “I’m pretty much just shocked right now to say the least. I’m very, very excited and emotional, but very shocked.”

If a country finishes in the top 12 at the world championships in 2023 or 2024, they are promised a quota spot. At the 2023 worlds, Delaney Schnell came in sixth place. At the trials, she won first place in the 10-meter event, which secured her spot in Paris.

There is room for up to 136 dives in the eight Olympic events, with four individual events and four synchronized events. To make up the difference, extra spots can be given to the next-best finishing federations from the 2024 world championships that hadn’t already qualified.

Wright was shocked when family and friends told her at the Purdue University pool where she trains. In a way, it made up for not being able to make the team at trials.

“It was hard because I didn’t necessarily know the odds, if they were good or not, just because it had taken so long to see if we had the second spot,” she said. “My mind was racing in probably every possible direction, but I’m glad today was good.”