September 9, 2014
Canada’s Caeli McKay fourth at FINA World Junior Diving Championships
PENZA, Russia – Caeli McKay of Calgary came within less than four points of a podium finish on girls’ one-metre in the 14-15 age group onTuesday to open the 35-country FINA World Junior Diving Championships.
Christine Schultz of the U.S. won the gold medal with 356.90 points, Ekaterina Nekrasova of Russia was second at 353.95 and Georgia Sheehan of Australia third at 344.65. McKay, who cleanly executed her three dives in the final, followed at 340.95.
”I was pretty happy with my consistency throughout my event,” said McKay, 15, also fourth in the preliminaries. ”My compulsories could have been better but my optionals improved a lot in finals and that’s what kept me in contention for a medal. This performance gives me a lot of confidence for the three-metre and 10-metre and I hope to continue achieving my goals in those events.”
Olivia Chamandy of Montreal was 13th in the preliminaries and missed a berth in the final by one spot.
In the men’s 16-18 three-metre, Ryan Grover of Victoria and Ethan Pitman of Edmonton were 21st and 23rd respectively in the preliminaries.
Canada is fielding an 11-member squad for the competition. Also on the team are Molly Carlson of Thunder Bay, Ont., Becky Deacon of Edmonton, Samantha Maiorino of Pointe-Claire, Que., and Ashley McCool of Cochrane, Alta., for the girls. For the men, the other Canadians are Wessel Brussen of Montreal, Isaiah Brasset of Victoria and Alexandre Corriveau of Terrebonne, Que.
Only Pitman and Maiorino have previous world junior experience.
Competition continues through to Sunday.