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Delaney Schnell, a native of Tucson and former Arizona Turbin, wins ticket for the Olympics in Paris

Delaney Schnell is an Olympic participant again.

The Tucson native and former Arizona diver secured her ticket to represent the United States at the Summer Olympics in Paris on Tuesday.

With a group of supportive family members in UA gear in attendance, Schnell and his 10-meter synchronized diving partner Jessica Parratto qualified for the Paris Games at the Olympic Trials in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“It's still unbelievable,” Schnell said on NBC on Tuesday. “To be honest, I'm still a little bit in shock. Making the Olympic team for the second, third time, whatever, the feeling never gets old.”

Schnell and Parratto won a silver medal as a diving team in Tokyo. The upcoming Olympic Games will be Schnell's second attempt – Parratto's third.

“I'm just super excited. I never thought I'd be here,” Parratto said. “I definitely didn't think I'd be competing in the Olympics for the third time, so I have to thank (Schnell) for bringing me out of retirement.”

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“When Schnell was a young diver, Jessica was one of the divers I looked up to,” Schnell said.

“She was one of the older girls and I wanted to be like her, I wanted to be like her up there in the 10m and it's cool to win a silver medal with her (at) my first Olympics with her and now at the next Olympics with her,” Schnell said.

Schnell is looking to build on her impressive diving record, which includes a national diving championship, three-time Pac-12 Diver of the Year, Pac-12 Champion, Pac-12 Rookie Diver of the Year, and her silver medal at the last Olympics.

Due to the pandemic, there were no spectators at the last Olympic Games in Tokyo. Schnell said on Tuesday that she will “rely a lot on Jess because she was at the Olympics in 2016 when the fans were in the stands. So it will be something new for me and I'm really looking forward to it.”

Schnell is the youngest former UA student-athlete to qualify for the Olympics this year. Former Arizona basketball star Chase Budinger, 36, will also represent the U.S. as a beach volleyball player.

The Olympic Games in Paris begin on July 26th.

Contact Justin Spears, the Star’s Arizona football reporter, at jspears@tucson.com. On X(Twitter): @JustinESports

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