Carlson and Pitman repeat golden performances

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Aug 10,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA – Ethan Pitman of Edmonton collected his second and third gold medal and
Molly Carson of Thunder Bay was also a repeat victor on Saturday at the 2014 Speedo
Junior Elite Nationals diving competition.

On women’s 16-18 three-metre, Carlson took top spot with 500.15 points. Samantha
Maiorino of Pointe-Claire, Que., was second at 475.55 and Becky Deacon of Edmonton
third at 452.05.

“I was just trying to keep calm during the event and that seemed to work well for
me,” said Carlson, who is tuning up for the Youth Olympics later this month. “Today
I did my dives consistently, which is key. Being my second gold here, it was really
exciting to win. I’ve scored 501 once before but that was at a provincial meet, so
getting over 500 at nationals feels great.”

Pitman collected a second individual win on men’s one-metre with a personal best
496.15 then took the three-metre synchro event with Jared Lazar of Edmonton.

“This is best I have ever done on one-metre,” Pitman said. “I went twenty points
higher than my previous personal best which is pretty good. I was struggling with my
reverse-two-and-a-half this week in practice but I managed to hit it really well in
competition so that probably got me up there.”

In the 14-15 age group, Dominique Cadieux of Edmonton took top spot on girls one
metre at 373.96 edging Caeli McKay of Calgary by a mere 0.75 points. McKay
rebounded for gold with Ashley McCool of Calgary on girls three-metre synchro.

Cadieux fell short for the qualifying score for the world junior championships later
this year.

“It feels really good to win but I’m disappointed to miss the world junior
qualifying score by a point,” said Cadieux. “My front-two-and-a-half was really
good in prelims and then in finals it improved, so I was really pleased with that.
I still have three-metre to get a spot for Russia and to do that I know I need to
have strong compulsories, and I need to hit all my optionals in the final.”

Wessel Brussen of Montreal was first on boys three-metre.

“My reverse two-and-a-half pike came through in the final,” said Wessen. “It was
one of the better ones I’ve done since I learned this dive. I only put it into my
list two weeks ago and decided to give it a try here at nationals, and it worked
out.”

Both Pitman and Wessen also made the world junior cut. Carlson is pre-qualified.

Competition ends Sunday.

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