Montreal high diver fourth at FINA World Championships

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Louis Daignault (ISN)

July 30, 2013, BARCELONA (ISN) – Stephanie De Lima of Montreal placed fourth in the inaugural women’s 20-metre high diving event on Tuesday at the FINA world championships.

The U.S., was 1-2 with Cesilie Carlton earning the gold with 211.60 points and Ginger Huber second at 206.70. Anna Bader of Germany was third at 203.60 while De Lima followed at 182.55.

”My last two dives were probably the best two I’ve ever done in my life,” said De Lima, 25, who has been high diving for seven years. ”It was a magical experience for me with the crowd and the opportunity to compete in front of my parents.”

De Lima felt she could have scored better on her opening reverse dive but rebounded with solid scores on her backward and twisting dives.

Being an event at the FINA worlds bodes well for her sport’s future she says. ”We still have a small women’s field so hopefully it will incite others to try it out,” she said. ”I certainly plan to keep doing shows and taking advantage of any competitive opportunities.”