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VICTORIA, BC (Friday, May 27, 2022) – Bryden Hattie of Victoria, BC made a triumphant return to his home pool at Saanich Commonwealth Place on Friday for the opening day of the 2022 Diving Canada Summer National Championships, winning his first senior national title on men’s 3-metre springboard.

Hattie, a member of the 2018 Commonwealth Games team and 2019 World’s team – but on platform, recently wrapped up his sophomore season at the University of Tennessee, and had only returned to Victoria about two weeks ago. He took the 3m title with a total score of 442.30, scoring an 81.00 on his second dive for the highest score of the competition, and debuted a brand new dive for his closing dive which earned him the second-highest score of the competition – a 79.90.

“I am very excited. I kind of was going into (this competition), you know with my previous results in Saskatoon being a little bit iffy, but I think that once I finished the prelims, it helped shake off a lot of nerves. Then going to that last round and doing my inward (dive), which I learned last week, was also a little bit stressful, but I think just being calm really helped me get through that.”

Cédric Fofana of Montreal, QC, who took the 3m title at Winter Nationals last month in Saskatoon, SK finished second with a total score of 418.65, while Laurent Gosselin-Paradis, also of Montreal, captured bronze with a total score of 398.00.

In the women’s 1-metre final, Mia Vallée of Kirkland, QC improved mightily on her fifth-place finish at Winter Nationals to take the gold on Friday with a total score of 316.20.

“I was just really happy honestly, with how I dove in general,” said Vallée following the competition. “Getting nines on two of my dives, and nine and a half on one of them, and then just consistently scoring over eight and a half’s, and then on my hardest dive which I missed a little bit – I still got seven and a half’s.  So all in all, this is one of the best lists I think I’ve ever put together – not even including the score. I was just really proud of myself for the diving that I put forward today.”

Taking the silver on women’s 1m was winter nationals champion Margo Erlam of Saskatoon, SK with a total score of 298.60, and taking bronze was national team veteran Pamela Ware of Montreal with a total score of 294.00.

Competition continues tomorrow with the men’s 1-metre, and women’s 10-metre platform competitions starting at 10am PT. The event will wrap up on Sunday with the men’s 10-metre, and women’s 3-metre competitions.

Next up for these athletes are the 2022 FINA Diving Grand Prix – Canada Cup in Calgary, AB, from June 9th to 12th, where top divers from around the world will compete for medals and world ranking points. Tickets and schedule information are available at https://diving.ca/canadacup/ 

For full results, please visithttps://diving.ca/summer-nationals-2022/

To watch the competition live, please visithttps://www.cbc.ca/player/sports/diving

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For more information:

Maelle Dancause

Manager, Communications

Diving Plongeon Canada

514-475-4540 |  maelle@diving.ca