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IU diving duo of Capobianco and Hixon take silver in 3-meter synchronized springboard

For the second time in Tokyo, IU claimed two medals in one event.

Two-time defending 3M NCAA Champion Andrew Capobianco and 2016 Rio silver medalist Mike Hixon steadily improved on each of their six dives to secure a silver medal in the men’s 3M Synchro Springboard event with 444.36 points on Wednesday.

The Hoosier duo scored 99 total points through the first two rounds before ripping off four-straight 80-point dives to close out the competition. The highlight of the morning came in the final round when the pair hit 88.92 points on a Forward 4½ Somersaults Tuck (109C) to lock up the second spot on the podium.

This was the second straight Olympic silver medal in the event for Hixon, who teamed up with Sam Dorman in Rio five years ago.  The IU alumnus is now an MBA student at Michigan.

For Capobianco, the silver medal was his first at the Olympics.  He will continue an outstanding season in which he was the NCAA 3-meter champion for Indiana by competing in the individual 3-meter event at the Olympics.

Capobianco and Hixon are the fifth and sixth former IU athletes to win a medal in Tokyo, joining Blake Pieroni (gold), Zach Apple (gold), Jessica Parratto (silver), and Lilly King (bronze).  Pieroni and Apple won their gold medals as part of the 4×100 freestyle relay.

IU athletes have now won a total of 110 medals at the Olympic Games all-time.


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