Olympic bronze medalist Lena Hentschel signs with Ohio State diving team

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Germany's Lena Hentschel performs her routine in the women's 3m springboard diving event at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man )

Lena Hentschel, who won the bronze medal for Germany at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, will join the Ohio State diving team, the school said.

Hentschel and partner Tina Punzel took bronze in the synchronized 3m springboard event with a score of 284.97.

Hentschel won gold in the 3m synchro at the 2020 European Aquatics Championships. She won silver at the 2018 event.

Jul 25, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; Lena Hentschel and Tina Punzel (GER) during the women's synchronized 3m springboard diving competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Network

At the FINA Diving Grand Prix, the Berlin native won the 3m synchro gold at the Leg 1 event in 2018. She picked up bronze medals in the mixed 3m synchro in 2019 and the women’s 3m synchro later in 2018.

“We are very excited to add Lena to our roster this fall," OSU coach Justin Sochor said. "She is a powerful and athletic diver who comes with a wealth of international experience and successes. She is also a dedicated student-athlete and has a sweet and supportive personality that makes her a great teammate and addition to our Buckeye diving family.”