March 2, 2014, GUADALAJARA, Mexico (ISN) – Vincent Riendeau of Pointe-Claire, Que., earned a spot for Canada on men’s 10-metre tower on Sunday at the qualification event for diving for this summer’s Youth Olympic Games.
Andres Villareal Tudon of Mexico placed first with 581.25 points, Maxym Dolgov of Ukraine was second at 517.35 and Alexandr Belevtcev of Russia third at 501.05.
Riendeau, fourth at the Pan Am Junior Championships in December, took seventh place at 470.25. He needed a top-nine finish to earn the spot for Canada.
“The result was good but I was hoping to fare better,” said Riendeau, 17. “The performance was consistent but I had hard time getting into the 8.0’s from the judges. It’s still early in the season and there is a lot of time to improve.”
On women’s three-metre, Molly Carlson of Thunder Bay, Ont., appeared headed to qualifying a spot for Canada but struggled on her last two dives of the competition to finish in 11th place.
”I was really excited that things were going so well,” said Carlson, 15. ”On those last two dives my tops were better than ever but it was a different feeling and I couldn’t finish them well. Still this was my first big international competition and it was a super experience.”
Dolores Hernandez Monzon of Mexico took the gold, Shengping Wu of China was second and Gracia Leydon- Mahoney of the U.S., was third.
The Youth Olympics are set for August 16-28 in Nanjing, China. On Saturday, Philippe Gagné of Montreal earned a spot for Canada on men’s three-metre.