Cam McLean makes solid return to competition

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Cam McLean makes solid return to competition

(ISN) – KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Cam McLean of Winnipeg came within a point of reaching the final at his first international competition in five years and took eighth overall at the last stop on the FINA Grand Prix diving circuit.

McLean placed eighth in the preliminaries with 346.90 points and was fourth in his semifinal heat at 365.90 just 0.95 points from third place finisher Ahmad Amsyar Azman of Malaysia. The top-three advanced to the final.

“I feel pretty great right now,” said McLean. ”I managed my nerves and was able to accomplish 12 dives in a row without a major miss – something that hasn’t happened before in an international competition for me. ”

McLean, 24, was one of Canada’s top junior divers winning three national age group titles. He competed at the 2004 World Junior Championships and enjoyed a successful college career before stopping for two years to complete a degree in science. His last competition was the 2009 Canada Cup.

”I would have loved to have another shot in the finals and just missing by one point is good and bad at the same time,” he said. ”I am happy to be so close with just a very simple list of dives but it is frustrating to miss by such a small margin. I am looking forward to increasing my difficulty and bringing my future list of dives to the next competition.”

Ethan Pitman of Edmonton competes on men’s 10-m tower on Sunday.

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