Montreal : Thomas Ciprik and Mélodie Leclerc are crowned 3m champions
Thomas Ciprik of Pointe-Claire, Que., and Mélodie Leclerc of Montreal delivered consistent performances to win the Canadian titles on men’s three-metre and women’s one-metre on Friday at the 2019 Speedo Junior Elite Nationals diving competition.
On men’s three-metre in the 16-18 age group, Ciprik earned 548.35 points for the win. Cedric Fofana of Quebec City followed at 532.25 and Victor Povzner of Maple, Ont., was third at 528.50.
‘’My performance was so consistent that I can’t really pinpoint a dive that made that big a difference,’’ said Ciprik, who locks up a berth for the junior Pan Am Championships later this summer. ‘’I felt that was the kind of performance I needed today.
‘’I’ve increased my degree of difficulty a lot this year and five weeks ago I changed my hurdle and I’m pleased with how I’ve adapted this quickly.’’
On women’s one-metre, Leclerc scored 441.45 for the victory. Margo Erlam of Saskatoon was second at 430.20 and Simone Leathead of Montreal third at 418.30.
‘’My main focus this season is the three-metre so to perform well here is a good start for me,’’ said Leclerc. ‘’There is little margin for error on one-metre so that means my execution was quite strong.’’
In the 14-15 age group, Tatiana Conn of Calgary overcame an ear infection to win the women’s platform final with 364.45 points. Katelyn Fung of London, Ont., was second at 344.30 and Kate Miller of Ottawa third at 323.60.
‘’I was not feeling confident at all for this event,’’ said Conn, 14 who moved to Toronto this year to train at the Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre. ‘’I was diagnosed with an ear infection last night. It’s slowly getting better but it left me feeling nervous.’’
On boys 14-15 three-metre, Benjamin Tessier of Blainville, Que., collected a second victory in two days with first spot on three-metre with 477.10. His club Envol teammate Matt Cullen was second at 440.45 and Olivier Gauthier of Montreal third at 404.15.
Tessier’s best dive was his opening backward dive which included five 8.5’s and one 9.0 from the judges.
‘’It’s always important to get off to a good start,’’ said Tessier, 14. ‘’That’s why I put that dive first. It’s one that I’m comfortable with. You don’t want to get in a negative situation early in the competition.’’
Competition continues through to Sunday at the Centre-Claude-Robillard.
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