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Pickens finishes 5th on 1M board at World U. Games

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KAZAN, Russia -- Arizona Wildcats diver Samantha Pickens finished fifth in the women's 1-meter final Sunday at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

Pickens scored 263.90 points in the final, with Australia's Samantha Mills taking the gold at 281.40. China's Jia Dongjin (277.75) and Wang Liting (271.45) were second and third.

Pickens was consistent throughout the contest, scoring between 49.40 and 55.20 points on all five dives. Her best marks came on her back and reverse 1 ½ pikes in rounds three and four, when she earned scores as high as 8s and 8.5s from the judges.

Pickens will compete on 3-meter later in the week before traveling to Spain, where she will also compete at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona from July 20-28.

The diving events at the World University Games continue through July 12. Monday's competition features men's 1-meter finals as well as preliminaries, semifinals and finals in women's platform. ESPN3.com will show the men's final, including USA's Harrison Jones, at 6:15 a.m. ET, and the women's platform final will be shown at 8 a.m. LiveFISU.tv will also stream both events, as well as the women's platform semifinal at 4:30 a.m.

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