Montreal : Rylan Wiens shows why he is shooting for Olympics
Saskatoon’s Rylan Wiens continued to show why he could be a serious contender for next year’s Olympic team as he won the men’s 10-metre tower by nearly 100 points on Saturday at the 2019 Speedo Junior Elite Nationals diving competition.
Wiens, with by far the hardest list of the competition, totalled 557.85 points with Bjorn Markentin of Regina second at 459.60 and Dylan Ewing of Toronto third at 428.60.
‘’I’m definitely going for an Olympic berth next year,’’ said Wiens, 17, also the reigning national senior champion. ‘’I’ve made some changes this season with my list and it has been solid and consistent. I’m still looking at altering maybe one or two dives in the future depending on how they go in training.’’
Mélodie Leclerc earned her second gold medal this week with a victory on women’s three-metre in the 16-18 age group.
Leclerc, the one-metre victor on Friday, totalled 505.00 points with Margo Erlam of Saskatoon second at 476.10 and Simone Leathead of Montreal third at 461.10.
‘’I’m extremely satisfied,’’ said Leclerc. ‘’All my dives went really well. I was most worried about my hurdles today but I was able to stay in control. I would love nothing more than to win the 10-m tomorrow. That’s my goal.’’
In the 14-15 women’s one-metre, Marie-Laurence Forest of Quebec City took the title with 404.85. Tatiana Conn of Calgary was second at 379.50 and Kate Miller of Ottawa third at 367.65.
‘’The big dive for me today was my back in pike position,’’ said Forest. ‘’It’s the one that has given me the most trouble this season and I was able to nail it in the final.’’
The competitors this week are battling for spots on the Canadian team for the Junior Pan Am Championships August 22-25 in Santiago, Chile.
Competition ends Sunday at the Centre Claude-Robillard.
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