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Diving Canada – VICTORIA – Paul Carson capitalized on home pool advantage with a victory in the boys 12-13 age group three-metre on Friday to open the 2017 Junior Development Nationals diving competition.
Carson, who trains with the host Boardworks club in Victoria, only earned one mark under 7.0 from the seven judges over his eight dives to win with 390.05 points. Benjamin Tessier of Blainville, Que., was second at 381.05 and Édouard Juteau of Blainville third at 340.30.
‘’It was really cool to be at home and have the crowd cheering me,’’ said Carson. ‘’It definitely gave me a lot of energy. It was a good to have a performance without any major mistakes. I’m particularly pleased to score well on my back two and half.’’
In the girls 12-13 one-metre, Tatiana Conn of Calgary took the gold at 333.75 with Kate Miller of Ottawa second at 325.95 and Julianne Boisvert of Blainville third at 299.85.
A total of 85 athletes from 22 clubs are at the three-day competition. These championships also serve as trials for the upcoming Pan American Junior Diving Championships, scheduled for Victoria September 28 to October 1st, 2017.
In the girls 11 and under one-metre, Maika Januario of Montreal’s Club CAMO took the title with 282.00. Keira Lu of Victoria was second at 273.45 and Megan Lupa of Gatineau, Que., third at 249.75.
‘’I achieved all my goals by meeting the standards for the Junior Pan Ams and keeping my focus throughout the competition,’’ said Januario. ‘’My reverse one and a half was much better than usual and that really helped me get the win.’’
In the boys 11 and under three-metre, Loic Tremblay of Quebec City was first at 277.70, Nigel Chambers of London, Ont., second at 269.95 and Emmitt Reesor of Kitchener, Ont., third at 263.60.
‘’I never thought I would be able to win a gold medal,’’ said Tremblay. ‘’My goal was to crack the top-four.’’
Competition continues through to Sunday at Saanich Commonwealth Place.
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Maëlle Dancause
Diving Canada
Manager, Public Relations