Dick starts busy summer season with victories at 2017 Junior Elite Nationals
Diving – MONTREAL – Elaena Dick of Edmonton launched a busy summer season this weekend with two gold medals at the 2017 Junior Elite Nationals diving competition including a victory Sunday on one-metre.
Dick, the platform winner on Saturday, totalled 485.20 points for the win in the 16-18 age group one-metre with Sarah Jodoin Di Maria of Montreal second at 426.25 and Ashley McCool of Calgary third at 426.05.
In eight days, Dick will be competing for Alberta at the Canada Games in Winnipeg and she’ll be wearing Canadian colours at the end of August at the World University Games. She also hopes she added her name to the Junior Pan Am Team set for late September in Victoria with her performances here this weekend.
‘’To get two gold here this weekend is beyond my expectations,’’ said Dick. ‘’My goal was just to be consistent and stay calm and focused and show what I’ve learned all year. I’ve had the same list for quite awhile on one-metre so there wasn’t too much uncertainty. I had to make sure I reached solid height on my take-offs.’’
On men’s three-metre, Bryden Hattie of Victoria took the gold with 575.35, just 0.3 off the national age group record. Victor Povzner of Markham, Ont., was second at 521.30 and Joshua Inglis of London, Ont., third at 514.80.
‘’I won the preliminary round and I felt a lot of pressure to do it again in the final,’’ said Hattie, who was hoarse from cheering on his clubmates all weekend long. ‘’I’m really pleased to make the Junior Pan Am team especially that it will be in my hometown.’’
In the 14-15 age group boys one-metre, Cedric Fonfana of Quebec City was the winner at 413.50. Thomas Ciprik of Pointe-Claire, Que., was second at 398.40 and Nathan Zsombor-Murray of Pointe-Claire third at 384.55.
‘’I had a very ordinary week overall so it was exciting to finish with the win,’’ said Fonfana. ‘’I really wanted to walk out of here with a berth for the junior Pan Ams.’’
In the 14-15 girls three-metre, Margo Erlam of Calgary capped a solid meet with 453.60 with Mélodie Leclerc of Montreal second at 422.75 and Brooklyn Whyte of Edmonton third at 412.30.
‘’My only focus was to do my dives the best I could,’’ said Erlam, with two gold this weekend. ‘’My inward dive which I do last, was again a very good one for me today.’’
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