June 3, 2018
Diving: Junior Elite Nationals Bryden Hattie earns world junior standard in last opportunity
Diving Canada – WINNIPEG – Bryden Hattie of Victoria met a standard for the world junior championships in his last opportunity on Sunday at the Junior Elite Nationals diving competition with a victory on men’s three-metre.
Hattie overcame a shaky performance in the morning preliminaries and Saturday’s tower to win the gold on three-metre with 548.20 points. Henry McKay of Ottawa was second at 531.45 and Victor Povzner of Maple, Ont., third at 526.40.
‘’I was not expecting to win this event at all,’’ said Hattie. ‘’Mainly because my prelims were not the best, especially the compulsories. Thankfully everything worked out in the end. I was hoping to meet the standard on tower but I’m just as happy to get it on three-metre.’’
On boys 14-15 platform, Nathan Zsombor-Murray scored a perfect 10 on his opening forward dive and won the gold with 514.85. Cedric Fofana of Quebec City, vying for a golden sweep, followed at 431.05 and Carson Paul of Victoria was third at 398.00.
On girls 16-18 one-metre, Mélodie Leclerc of Montreal took the title 454.85, also meeting the world junior standard. Martine Erlam of Calgary was second at 416.20 and Mia Vallée of Montreal was third at 413.50.
‘’I was very consistent and that’s usually the key to success on one-metre,’’ said Leclerc. ‘’I will increase my training on it for the world juniors and my goal will be to do the dives at a higher level.’’
Full results: Integrated Sports Systems Live Diving