2021 Virtual Nationals Simulation presented by 1 Square Phillips – Friday
Philippe Gagné took the top spot in the men’s open 3m finals event on Friday at the 2021 Virtual Nationals Simulation presented by 1 Square Phillips while Cedric Fofana and Thomas Ciprick rounded out the top three finishers.
On the women’s side, Pamela Ware finished ahead of Jennifer Abel and Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu in the open 3m finals.
Gagné (Ville Mont-Royal, QC) finished with a cumulative score of 466.90 ahead of Fofana’s (Montreal, QC) combined score of 417.60 and Ciprick’s (Baie D’Urfé, QC) 407.25 points.
“It was kind of a mix of a practice and a competition so just getting that experience back is good,” said Gagné. “I feel like it was really well organized. At least you can get some feel of what maybe the competitions will look like this year.”
Overall, Gagné was satisfied with his first competition of the season but admitted there is room for improvement in the details going forward.
“The dives were pretty consistent, not the best couple of small details I’ve got to work still,” he said. “Especially the entries, I feel like they weren’t the cleanest and a bit of work on the takeoffs also.”
Ware (Montreal, QC) compiled a score of 354.85 Abel’s (Laval, QC) cumulative score of 329.4 and Citrini-Beaulieu’s (Saint-Constant, QC) 323.25 points.
“I wasn’t really expecting much today,” Ware said. “My first day back training was Monday so I knew it was going to be very difficult. I feel I handled it really well so I’m really happy. My goal today was really just to stay calm throughout all my dives, each individual, one after the other. Really individualize each dive and I did that pretty well so I’m really happy.”
After nearly a year away from any competition, Ware admitted it was nice to be back in a competitive setting.
“It felt really good actually,” said Ware. “I love competing so just having a little bit of that feeling of being in a competition brought back so many emotions and it felt really good. I love competing so any time I get the chance to compete, it makes me happy.”
The 2021 Virtual Nationals Simulation presented by 1 Square Phillips concludes on Saturday with the women’s and men’s open platform finals.
Full results can be found here: http://www.issmembership.com/diving/live/schedule.aspx
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