Louis Daignault (ISN)
July 14, 2013, Thunder BAY, Ont. (ISN) – Vincent Riendeau of Pointe-Claire, Que., denied Phlippe Gagné of Montreal a fourth gold medal this weekend placing first on men’s 10-metre tower on Sunday at the 2013 Speedo Junior Elite Nationals diving competition.
Riendeau scored 525.95 points for the victory edging Gagné, the national senior champion, who was second at 524.35. Dylan Grisell of Etobicoke, Ont., was third at 491.65.
”I didn’t have any extra motivation to beat Philippe,” said Riendeau. ”We are good friends and I just wanted to go out and have a good meet. I’ve been struggling with neck and back problems this year and I was really pleased to have a good performance here.”
On women’s 10-metre, Frédérique Lalonde of Montreal collected her second individual win of the competition totalling a personal best 427.55. Courtney Hattie of Victoria was second at 405.85 and Taylor Olanski of London, Ont., third at 377.35.
”I felt very prepared for this event,” said Lalonde. ”I have one new dive for this season and all the others are the same. So it’s been really about doing all the dives I know a lot better.’
In the 14-15 age group, Caeli McKay of Calgary nailed her inward dive for 7.5’s and 8.0’s in the final round to win the gold medal in the girls three-metre event. She totalled a personal best 441.70 with Molly Carlson of Thunder Bay second at 439.90 and Emily Schmidt of Victoria third at 402.75.
“The last dive was really intense,” said McKay. “I knew how close it was and it was great to respond to the pressure so well. It’s important to know how to dive well in those situations and that’s why I keep track of the score in a competition.”
On men’s one-metre, Peter Thach Mai of Montreal led a clean meal sweep for club CAMO. Felix Leathead of Montreal, who was gunning for a fourth gold was second.
Riendeau and Lalonde were named the outstanding divers of the meet in the 16-18 age group and McKay and Leathead earned the same honours in the 14-15 group.
The competition was also a selection trial for the Junior Pan Am Diving Championships this September in Tuscon, Arizona.
Full results at: http://www.issmembership.com/diving/live/schedule.aspx