Golden sweep for Ethan Pitman at 2014 Speedo Junior Elite

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Aug 11,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA – Ethan Pitman of Edmonton completed a golden sweep on Sunday at the 2014
Speedo Junior Elite Nationals with a victory on men’s 10-metre tower in the 16-18
age group.

 

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Pitman totalled 541.35 points and finished well ahead of Connor Cunningham of
Pointe-Claire, Que., in second at 476.70 and Jayden Pantel of Saskatoon at 447.45.

“This was definitely the best nationals I ever had,” said Pitman, also the
one-metre, and three-metre winner this weekend. ”I never dove this well in my life
so I am really happy about it. I just worked really hard on all my tower dives and
springboard dives, and that is what I think got me here.”

The competition was also a qualifying event for the world junior championships next
month in Russia.

“At my first world juniors I didn’t have much international experience,’ said
Pitman. ” I have been to a lot more competitions now and feel more prepared this
time. I’m hoping that I can dive there consistently. I want to do my dives like I
did here this weekend and hopefully make all my finals.”

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On women’s 10-metre in the 16-18 age group, Samantha Maiorino of Pointe-Claire,
Que., was the winner at 380.10. Madison Sthamann of Regina was second at 367.40 and
Molly Carlson of Thunder Bay, Ont., third at 365.20 despite failing one of her
dives.

In the 14-15 age group, winners Sunday were Wessel Brussen of Montreal in boys
one-metre and Caeli McKay of Calgary on girls three-metre.

“After I stopped diving tower, and started focusing more on 3-metre I ended up doing
a lot less 1-metre training and struggled with a bunch of technical problems because
of that.,” said Wessel. ”But it all came together here at the right time.”

McKay was also named the outstanding girls diver in the 14-15 age for the second
straight year.

“I really impressed myself with my dives today,” she said ”I was really consistent
on three-metre and that is the most important thing for me. I wanted to focus on
doing my dives well, make my corrections, and give myself more confidence in the
competition.”

The other outstanding divers of the competition were Pitman, Carlson and Alexandre
Corriveau of Montreal in boys 14-15.

 

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