Sept 12, 2014 (ISN) – PENZA, Russia – Canada bounced back to post three top-10 finishes on Friday at the
FINA World Junior Diving Championships. The performances were just what the squad
needed after not reaching a final on Thursday.
On boys 14-15 platform, Alexandre Corriveau of Terrebonne, Que., was seventh and
Isaiah Brasset of Victoria ninth. The event was won by Ishida Reo of Japan.
”I was among the top scorers for the compulsory dives so that really helped me,”
said Corriveau. ”And that also gave me confidence that I could do all my dives
well and I was really happy with my final. Everybody else also stepped up their
performances in the final and that made for a very tough competition.”
Brasset was also pleased with his performance.
”It was an awesome competition and everyone dove well,” he said. ”It was my
first international competition and I loved it. The difference today is that many
other divers had higher degree of difficulties and that is something I am going to
work on for next season.”
On women’s three-metre synchro, Ashley McCool of Cochrane, Alta., and Caeli McKay of
Calgary were fifth out of 14 entries. A Chinese pair took the gold.
”We were nervous going into the competition because our practices had been rough,”
said McKay. ”But we knew some of our dives were good and we gained more and more
confidence as the competition went on.”
It was their first international competition as pair and the first ever
international event for McCool.
”It was a bit nerve-wracking,” said McCool. ”Our first dive was a bit scary but
we were able to calm down and recover from that and end up with a pretty solid
In the men’s 16-18 one-metre, Ethan Pitman of Edmonton was 18th and Ryan Grover of
At the half way point of the competition, team leader Tommy McLeod says the
Canadians have achieved their goals so far. The highlight so far is two fourth
”We are doing really well,” said McLeod. ”We’ve already surpassed our results
from the last world juniors in 2012. Fourth place is always a painful result but it
also shows we are on the right track and up there with the best in the world.”
Competition continues through to Sunday.