April 24, 2014, DRESDEN, Germany (ISN) – Madison Sthamann of White City, Sask., earned her first international medal on Thursday with the bronze on women’s 10-metre tower for the 16-18 year-old age group at the 26-country International Youth Diving Meet.
Shanice Lobb of Britain took the gold with 420.40 points edging Alais Kalonji of France in second at 420.05. Sthamann followed at 377.65 and Frédérique Lalonde of Repentigny, Que., was in a four-way battle for the bronze as well and took fifth at 375.80.
‘’It’s really exciting,’’ said Sthamann, 18. ‘’I wasn’t expecting a medal but at the same time my goal was to get on the podium.’’
Sthamann executed a very difficult four-dive list. She was only one of two divers (the other was Lobb) in the event in which all her dives had a degree of difficulty of at least 3.0. She scored well on three of those in the final. She missed her most difficult dive an inward three and half on which she averaged 3.5’s out of a possible 10.
‘’I gained a lot of confidence with my first dive in the final,’’ she said. ‘’Then the second one didn’t go as expected and I started getting nervous. The inward dive is one I just go for but sometimes the adrenaline rush is just too strong.’’
Lalonde, second in the preliminaries, was hoping to fare better.
‘’The final had some frustrating moments for me but it was OK,’’ said Lalonde, 18, making her third career appearance at this event. ‘’My take-offs were solid but I lacked some finish on some dives. My new armstand dives lacks stability right now.’’
Dominique Cadieux of Edmonton was eighth in the women’s 14-15 one-metre.
‘’The preliminaries were much better and I felt confident,’’ said Cadieux, who turns 15 next month. ‘’I continued to show improvement.’’
Competition continues until Sunday.