Jun 26, 2016 11:10 AM
Dover diver qualifies for 2016 Olympic Games
DOVER - A Dover native will be representing New Hampshire in diving at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this August.
Jessica Parratto, 22, of Dover, qualified for the games earlier this week after winning the 10-meter platform at the Olympic Trials in Indianapolis.
Parratto and former Indiana University teammate, Amy Cozad, are Team USA's only women's synchronized platform pair, and she is just one of two Americans who will get a chance at medaling in the women's individual platform, according to WCSH-TV.
Parratto's father, Mike Parratto, is a swim coach who coached Danvers, Mass., native Jenny Thompson to eight Olympic gold medals during the '90s and early '00s. Her mother, who was a five-time All-American diver at Wellesley College, coached Parratto until she was 14. Parrato's sister, Melissa, is a swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania.
Parratto is a seven-time senior national champion and was 2015 NCAA champion on platform. She placed 21st in the individual platform and ninth in the synchronized platform, with Cozad, at last year's FINA World Championships in Russia.
According to Team USA, Parratto's enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the beach and outdoor activities. Her favorite foods are mashed potatoes and LaFesta pizza in Dover.
Trials competition concludes Sunday. The Rio Olympics begin Aug. 5.