September 27, 2013, TUCSON, Arizona – Caeli McKay of Calgary won the gold medal on Friday on girls one-metre in the 14-15 age group at the Junior Pan Am Championships in diving. Canadian divers added four more medals to their haul for a total of nine after two days of competition.
McKay earned 334.60 points for the victory in her international debut with Samantha Jimenez of Mexico second at 319.95 and Nikki Watters of the U.S. third at 306.05.
”It was amazing,” said McKay. ”I just wanted to dive well today. It didn’t matter how I placed. The big improvement today was on my compulsories. They were consistent for the first time in a long time.”
Philippe Gagné of Montreal, edged for a bronze Thursday on three-metre, took the silver on one-metre. Vincent Riendeau of Pointe-Claire, Que., was fifth.
”I’m pretty surprised with my performance,” said Gagné ”The one-metre is the board I practice the least but I did a good job on a new dive and that earned me a lot of points.
Felix Leathead of Laval, Que., rebounded from a seventh place finish on Thursday on one-metre to win the silver medal on platform in the 14-15 age group. Benjamin Mallette of Montreal was eighth.
”I was certainly quite motivated to come back strong,” said Leathead. ”I just felt more on my game and confident I was going to dive well. Earning a strong score on my opening dive also helped a lot.”
Mélissa Citrini Beaulieu of St. Constant, Que., collected her second medal of the competition with bronze on women’s 16-18 three-metre. Frédérique Lalonde of Repentigny, Que., was only three points behind her teammate for fourth.
”I had a great start to the competition with strong scores on all my compulsory dives and then my first optional,” said Citrini Beaulieu. ”The on struggled my hurdles on my other optionals but still had good entries which shows I fought through every dive.”
Other Canadian results: Faith Zacharias of Aylmer, Ont., was fourth in the girls 12-13 platform and Cédric Fofana of Quebec City and Rylan Wiens of Saskatoon were fifth and eighth in the boys 11 and under three-metre.
In the medal standings, Mexico stands first with eight gold, five silver and four bronze, Canada follows at 2-4-3 and the U.S. is third at 2-3-3.
Competition continues through to Sunday.