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Newton Diver Earns Bronze Medal At Youth Olympic Games

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Gracia Leydon Mahoney (WBZ-TV)

Gracia Leydon Mahoney (WBZ-TV)

NANJING, China (CBS) – A young Newton diver won a bronze medal Wednesday at the Youth Olympic Games.

Gracia Leydon Mahoney, an 18-year-old Newton North High School graduate, teamed with Pylyp Tkachenko, of Ukraine, to earn 354 points in the pair’s six dives, according to USA Diving.

On Monday, Leydon Mahoney also placed fourth the individual women’s 3-meter event and eighth in the 10-meter event.

She is only one of  two Americans competing in the Youth Olympic Games.

The competition teamed male divers with female divers based on results from prior Games rounds.

Leydon Mahoney scored 42 points on a front 1 1/2 pike dive from 10-meters. On the 3-meter dive, she scored 58.8  points with a 2 1/2 tuck dive. She scored 63 points on a reverse 2 ½ tuck dive.

Tkachenko performed two 10-meter dives. He scored 48 points on an armstand front somersault dive and 64 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck dive. Also, on his 3-meter dive, he scored 78.2 points on a front 2 ½ dive with two twists.

Leyond Mahoney plans to attend college and continue diving at Stanford University this fall. She is hoping to make the 2016 Olympics team.

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