Second bronze for Canada at International Youth Diving Meet

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Louis Daignault

April 26, 2013, Dresden, Germany (ISN) – Courtney Hattie and Emily Schmidt of Victoria won the bronze medal in the open women’s three-metre synchro event on Friday at the International Youth Diving Meet.

It was Canada’s second bronze at the age group competition which features many of the top junior divers in the world. Caeli McKay of Calgary was third in the women’s 14-15 age group one-metre on Thursday.

Christina Wassen and Elena Wassen of Germany took the three-metre synchro gold with 281.07 points, their compatriots Friederike Freyer and Tina Punzel were second at 264.27 and Hattie and Schmidt, competing together for the first time, scored 254.52.

“We had a lot of fun and we won the medal as a team,” said Hattie, two years older than her partner. “All our dives were quite consistent.”

The pair faced some challenges trying to prepare for this competition.

“We’ve only been practicing for two weeks and it’s been a lot of work to make sure we have the same movements from the arm swings on take-offs to the synchronization and landings,” said Schmidt. “We hope this is the start of something new.”

In the men’s 16-18 age group one-metre, Tyler Roberge of Edmonton was ninth and Dylan Grisell of Etobicoke, Ont., 11th.

In the boys 14-15 three-metre, Peter Thach Mai of Montreal was sixth and Felix Leathead of Montreal eighth.