Second titles for Gosselin-Paradis, Leclerc and Ciprik at 2017 Junior Elite Nationals
Diving Canada – MONTREAL – Laurent Gosselin-Paradis and Mélodie Leclerc of Montreal and Thomas Ciprik of Pointe-Claire, Que., each collected a second title on Saturday at the 2017 Junior Elite Nationals diving competition.
In men’s 16-18 10-m tower, Gosselin-Paradis took the title with 506.65 points. He edged Henry McKay of Ottawa in second at 504.20 and Vincent Chartier of Montreal third at 491.30.
‘’It’s great to get the victory with a solid performance,’’ said Gosselin-Paradis, a winner on three-metre synchro on Thursday, ‘’It’s just a bit disappointing not to meet the point standard for the Pan Am Juniors. Now it will be a coaching decision whether I go or not.’’
In the women’s 16-18 tower, Elaena Dick of Edmonton was the victor with 416.30. Sarah Jodoin Di Maria of Montreal was second at 406.30 and Alex Wyatt of Gatineau, Que., third at 384.60.
‘’I didn’t get the rip entries I wanted on some of my dives but overall no big mistakes,’’ said Dick, also tuning up for the Canada Games and World University Games this summer. ‘’The big moment for me today was getting 7.0’s and 7.5’s on my inward dive which I’ve struggled with this season.’’
In the boys 14-15 three-metre, Ciprik collected a second gold with 495.60. Rylan Wiens of Saskatoon was second at 460.85 and Cedric Fonfana of Quebec City third at 431.30.
The key dive for Ciprik was his opening inward two and a half in pike position dive for which he scored the highest with five 8.0’s from the seven judges.
‘’It was the dive I was the less confident with but in the end I scored the highest on it,’’ said Ciprik, who won the three-metre synchro on Thursday with Gosselin-Paradis. ‘’It hadn’t been going well in practice. I was struggling with the take-off and getting enough somersaults to complete a good entry.’’
In the girls 14-15 one-metre, Leclerc notched her second victory with 386.60 points. Margo Erlam of Calgary was second at 384.75 and Simone Leathead of Montreal third at 382.45.
‘’I’m actually happier with my performance in the preliminaries,’’ said Leclerc, also a three-metre synchro winner on Thursday. ‘’I was able to surpass 400 points and come within three points of a personal best. But I felt more pressure in the final and I wasn’t able to repeat that score.’’
Competition ends Sunday at the Claude-Robillard Centre.
Full results: Integrated Sports Systems Live Diving