Representing Indiana University, the dynamic duo impressed judges with a standout performance, earning predominantly 7.0s and 7.5s scores. With a total score of 286.86 points, they claimed a three-point lead over their competitors, Carson Tyler and Anne Fowler.
Expressing her joy, Hayden highlighted the significance of her victory for aspiring divers from diverse backgrounds. She sees herself as a positive example, aiming to inspire young Black Americans and minorities interested in pursuing diving in the U.S.
Kristen Hayden’s remarkable journey is set to continue as she prepares to compete in additional events, including the 3-meter synchro with partner Margo O’Meara, as well as the individual 1-meter and 3-meter events.