Canadians parade four times to the podium at junior Pan Ams

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September 29, 2013, TUCSON, Arizona – Canada won four medals on Sunday to conclude the Junior Pan Am Diving Championships in second place in the overall team standings behind Mexico.

Silver medals were earned by Melissa Citrini Beaulieu of St-Constant, Que., and Frédérique Lalonde of Repentigny, Que., in the girls three-metre synchro and Jacob Zimmel of Edmonton in the boys 11 and under one-metre.

“Our compulsories were strong today,” said Citrini Beaulieu, who concludes the meet with three medals. “In the optionals our inward dive stood out but our synchronicity was off on our front dive. Still we bounced back to finish strong.”

”I’m really happy about my day,” said Zimmel. ”It’s great to get the silver. This is my first international meet and I wasn’t expecting anything at all. I just came here to get some experience and have fun.”

Philippe Gagné of Montreal added a bronze in the men’s 16-18 platform for his third medal of the competition and Henry McKay of Ottawa collected his second medal placing third in the 12-13 one-metre.

”It couldn’t have gone better,” said Gagné, the reigning senior national champion on tower. ”All my compulsories were better than usual, especially the entries. I also showed improvement on my first optional, an inward three and half.”

”There were a couple of dives I felt comfortable,” said McKay, the three-metre champion Saturday. ”Some other dives I did my best and others I could have done better.”

In the boys 14-15 three-metre Peter Thach Mai of Montreal was fourth and Felix Leathead of Montreal seventh; Brooklyn Whyte of Edmonton and Erin Field of Pointe-Claire, Que., were sixth and ninth in the girls 11 and under platform and Faith Zacharias of Aylmer, Ont., seventh in the girls 12-13 three-metre.

Alexandre Corriveau of Terrebonne, Que., was seventh in the boys 12-13 one-metre and Rylan Wiens of Saskatoon eighth in the boys 11 and under one-metre.

In the medal standings, Mexico topped the field with 16 gold, 10 silver and seven bronze. Canada earned 4-9-5 and the U.S. 4-6-10.

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Christian J. Stewart
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