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Diving Canada – WINNIPEG – Olivia Chamandy and Mia Vallée are usually cross town rivals but on Thursday they combined forces to win the gold medal and break the Canadian junior record on women’s three-metre synchro to open the 2016 Junior Elite Nationals diving competition.

Chamandy, who trains at Club CAMO in Montreal , and Vallée from the Pointe-Claire Diving Club, totalled 275.01 points. Caeli McKay and Ashley McCool of Calgary were second at 270.66 and Mélodie Leclerc and Tereza Vithoulkas of Montreal third at 256.23. There were 12 entries.

‘’We were hoping we could get the record tonight,’’ said Vallée.  ‘’This season we’ve put in a new dive which raises our degree of difficult. It’s a dive we’ve been doing well lately in practice but tonight it could have been better.’’

The competition is also a qualifying meet for the world junior championships this fall. Chamandy and Vallée missed the qualifying score by only five points.

‘’That’s a bit disappointing but still to get a personal best and Canadian record is pretty satisfying,’’ said Chamandy, who swept gold on all three individual boards at last year’s elite junior nationals.  Both divers will have opportunities to qualify for the world juniors in the individual events.

In men’s three-metre synchro, Peter Thach Mai and Félix Leathead of Montreal successfully defended their title with 283.80.  Wessel Brussen and Gabriel Corriveau of Montreal were second at 281.10 and Jamie Spilchak and Rylan Wiens of Saskatoon were third at 264.12.

‘’We’ve been together for over a year and it’s nice to see the progress we’ve made,’’ said Thach Mai. ‘’It’s sets a  good tone for us for the rest of the week.’’

Competition continues through to Sunday at the Pan Am Pool.

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