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Diving – TAIPEI – Elaena Dick of the University of Toronto got her feet wet at the World University Games on Sunday with an 11th place on women’s one-metre to open the diving competition.

Dick, a Canada Games and national junior champion so far this season, is scheduled to compete in three events this week with her two best – the three-metre and 10-m – still to come.

Dolores Hernandez of Mexico won the gold medal with 278.70 points, Un Gyong Choe of North Korea was second at 271.35 and Louisa Stawczynski of Germany third at 268.15.

For her part, Dick was 14th in the preliminaries and fourth in her semifinal heat.

‘’I’m glad I was able to advance to the semifinals,’’ she said . ‘’I would have liked to have had better entries and I wasn’t as consistent as usual. The highlight for me were my take-offs.’’

The 18-year-old from Edmonton hopes to fare better in her other two events. The absence of Chinese divers has made the competition more wide open than usual.

‘’There are a lot of very talented athletes here,’’ she said. ‘’Today was just the beginning so it was a steady way to start the week.’’

Canada has a five-member diving team in Tapei. Along with Dick there are Ashley McCool of Calgary (University of Arizona) and Celina Toth of St. Thomas, Ont., (University of Victoria) for the women. For the men, Tyler Henschel of Edmonton (Texas A&M) and Peter Thach Mai of Montreal (College Ahuntsic).

Competition continues Monday with the men’s one-metre with Mai representing Canada.

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