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East Gaston diver falls short in qualifying for Tokyo Olympics

Kyndal Knight, a national champion diver at the University of Kentucky, finished 14th in the Tokyo diving qualifying semifinals Tuesday.

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — East Gaston springboard diver Kyndal Knight's quest to represent Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics ended Tuesday night during the semifinals in Indianapolis.  

Knight clinched a spot in the semifinals with a dive Tuesday morning, according to her coaches. Knight went on to finish 14th with a score of 497.75. 

"She had an incredible last dive," Coach Rodger Hawkins, said. "It was as clean as glass. It was perfect. This doesn't surprise us at all."

"We are so proud and so proud of the person she is," Coach Jordan Johnson added. "Her talents speak for themselves, but the person she is, her heart and dedication to the sport is really proud as coaches."

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Coach Hawkins said Knight was recruited to the East Gaston Dive team for the first time as a Sophomore. The former gymnast killed it her junior and senior years. 

"We knew she was going to be great," Hawkins said. "She was state runner-up her junior year, state-champion her senior year." 

Knight went on to become a National Champion as a Kentucky Wildcat

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