Upset win for Cody Yano at Winter Nationals

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March 2, 2013, Winnipeg (ISN) – Cody Yano of Edmonton upset Olympic team member François Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., on Saturday to win his first Canadian title at the Winter Senior Nationals diving competition.

Yano placed first on men’s three-metre with 388.20 points finishing ahead of Imbeau-Dulac in second at 379.50. In the fourth round of the final, Imbeau-Dulac was charged with a balk on his three and half reverse somersault and received only 3.0’s and 4.0’s from the judges.

”I was so focused on my own diving that I did not know that François had balked a dive,” said Yano, 21. ”It was probably an advantage not to know because I would have surely felt even more pressure. It’s a real thrill though too get that national title. My goal is always to be consistent and this time it paid off.”

Nicholas Beaupré of Montreal was third at 370.20.

On women’s 10-metre tower, Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal received solid scores on four of her five dives in the final to take the title with 359.40 points. Roseline Filion of Montreal was second at 340.80 while Éloise Bélanger of Montreal was third at 308.10.

Benfeito, an Olympic bronze medallist with Filion on 10-metre synchro in London, earned strong marks for her front, inward and twisting dives and brought the house down with her armstand dive receiving mostly 9.0’s. The only blemish was over rotating her backward dive.

”I’ve kept the same dives for this year but changed the order and I’ve liked how it’s worked out so far,” said Benfeito, looking to rebound from a subpar season on the individual 10-metre in 2012. ”This was my first meet since the Games and I was feeling a little nervous at the beginning. But this is the result I wanted to get me on track to reaching the podium in this event at the world championships.”

Competition ends Sunday with the women’s three-metre and men’s 10-metre.

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