Canadian divers advance to finals at Gillette Canada Cup

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May 1, 2014, GATINEAU, Que. (ISN) – Canadian divers Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware had different viewpoints of their respective performances on Thursday as both advanced to the women’s three-metre final at the Gillette Canada Cup diving competition.

After ranking first in the morning preliminaries, Abel topped the semifinal with 344.25 points.  The two-time Olympian was delighted with her showing after a slow start to the international season.

‘’I’m very pleased and somewhat surprised with my performance today,’’ said Abel, from Laval, a two-time Olympian.  ‘’I was very consistent, especially in the semifinal.  ‘’I’ve been working on a lot of technical aspects in my diving this season and it hasn’t been easy to feel confident on the board and be then be judged for these dives.’’

Ware, from Beloeil, Que., was fourth in the preliminaries and ranked second in her semifinal heat to stand third overall.  The top-three from each of the two semis advances to Saturday’s final.  Ware, a bronze medallist last week at the FINA World Series in London, seemed relieved to make the cut for the final.

‘’I’m not really happy with my diving today,’’ said Ware, the world championship bronze medallist last year in the event.  ‘’Every dive was a little off. On my fourth dive my ankle twisted a bit and could feel that on my last two dives.  There are only two dives I can be happy with.’’

On men’s 10-metre tower, Maxim Bouchard of St.Constant, Que., advanced to the final ranking third in his semifinal which were also the three best scores of the day.  Bouchard has battled a shoulder injury this year.

‘’This was the most tower diving I’ve done in one day in quite some time,’’ said Bouchard, the reigning Canadian tower champion.  ‘’I’m still a bit cautious with my shoulder but it was a really good day for me.  I knew it was going to be a tough battle to make the final and I capitalized on my opportunities.’’

Philippe Gagné of Montreal was eighth in prelims and fourth in his semi missing a berth in the final by only 1.45 points. 

RESULTS

Thursday’s leading results at the Gillette Canada Cup Grand Prix diving competition, at the Centre Sportif in Gatineau, Que:

MEN

10-m preliminaries (top-12 advance): 1. Yanquan Zhang, China, 494.85; 2.Steele Johnson, U.S., 450.00; 3. Liang Huo, China, 440.35; 4. Jonathan Ruvalcaba, Mexico, 417.35; 5.Maxim Bouchard, St. Constant, Que., 411.50; 6. Benjamin Auffret, France, 394.75; 7. Jiho Park, South Korea, 389.50; 8.Philippe Gagné, Montreal, 384.30; 9.Hugo Parisi, Brazil, 356.00; 10. Haram Woo, South Korea, 349.35; 11. Dominik Stein,Germany, 340.70; 12. Li Fengyang, New Zealand, 335.30; 15. Tyler Roberge, Edmonton, 324.55; 20.Vincent Riendeau, Pointe-Claire, Que., 306.45.

10-m semifinal A (top-three advance): 1. Johnson, 405.70; 2. Auffret, 403.40; 3. Fengyang, 383.70; 4. Gagné, 382.25.

10-m semifinal B (top-three advance); Huo, 487.50; 2. Zhang, 467.50; 3. Bouchard, 419.85.

WOMEN

Three-metre preliminaries (top-12 advance): 1. Jennifer Abel, Laval, Que., 339.65; 2. Ying Wei, China, 332.10; 3.Chunting Wu, China, 324.85; 4. Pamela Ware, Beloeil, Que., 324.65; 5. Uschi Freitag, Netherlands, 295.70; 6. Rebecca Gallantree, Britain, 283.80; 7. Suji Kim, South Korea, 273.95; 8. Katherine Torrance, Britain, 259.05; 9. Yuka Mabuchi, Japan, 257.60; 10.Emma Ivory-Ganja, U.S., 256.80; 11. Juliana Veloso, Brazil, 255.50; 12. Celine Van Duijn, Netherlands, 250.00; 19. Emma Friesen, North Vancouver, 226.50; 20. Hailey Casper, Calgary, 216.15;

Three-metre semifinal A (top-three advance): Wei, 326.10; 2. Ware, 318.45; 3. Gallantree, 274.25.

Three-metre semifinal B (top-three advance): 1.Abel, 344.25; 2. Wu, 327.05 3.Freitag, 306.50.

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