Five medals for Canadian divers to open Pan Am Junior Championships

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September 26, 2013, TUCSON, Arizona- Alexandre Corriveau of Terrebonne, Que., won the gold medal Thursday to highlight a five-medal performance for Canadian divers to open the Pan Am Junior Championships.

Corriveau placed first in the 12-13 age group platform event earning 324.95 points. Noah Duperre of the U.S. was second at 315.65 and Abraham Bermeo of Mexico third at 310.95. Vincent Chartier of Terrebonne was 10th.

“I’m really happy, I didn’t expect this,” said Corriveau. “I was here to get some valuable experience and I was very pleased with my performance. My optional dives were very strong and were the key to my win.”

In the women’s 16-18 one-metre final, Melissa Citrini Beaulieu of St-Constant, Que., and Frédérique Lalonde of Repentigny, Que., took silver and bronze.

“I made some errors but overall it was good,” said Citrini Beaulieu. “My entries were all pretty solid. I’m confident that if I do my best possible performances here I’ll be a contender for medals.”

Lalonde was also pleased.

“I was consistent from start to finish so I’m happy about that,” said Lalonde. “The dive I was most worried about was my front two and half in pike position. It’s a dive that hasn’t been very stable for me of late, especially my hurdle, but I had a great entry for it today.”

Peter Thach Mai of Montreal added a silver in the boys 14-15 one-metre with Felix Leathead of Laval, Que., seventh

“I came here to do my best and it paid off today,” said Thach Mai. “The highlight for me was my back two and half. It’s a dive I’ve had trouble with in practice but I landed it well today.”

Erin Field of Pointe-Claire, Que., added a bronze in the girls 11 and under three-metre with Mélodie Leclerc of Montreal fifth.

“I’m really happy,” said Field. “I’m a little surprised I didn’t really know what to expect but getting a medal in my first international event is really exciting.”

Philippe Gagné of Montreal was fourth in the 16-18 men’s three metre with Vincent Riendeau of Pointe-Claire, Que., ninth.

In the girls 14-15 platform, Marie-Pierre Lachance of Montreal and Caeli McKay of Calgary were fourth and sixth.

After day one, Mexico leads the medal standings with four gold, two silver and two bronze, Canada follows at 1-2-2 and the U.S. is third at 1-2-1.

Competition continues through to Sunday.

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