Philippe Gagné sets the tone for 2015 season

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(ISN) – MONTREAL- Philippe Gagné of Montreal showed why he is ready to step into diving’s big leagues this weekend at the CAMO Invitational meet with a victory on three-metre springboard and a silver medal on 10-metre tower.

Gagné broke the 400-point barrier in his three-metre victory with 408.45 points finishing ahead of Marc Sabourin-Germain of Mascouche, Que., in second at 395.10 and Cam McLean of Winnipeg in third at 389.10.

”I’ve reworked my hurdle for this season so to get 400 is really satisfying,” said Gagné. In 2014, the 17-year-old was a member of Team Canada at the FINA World Cup and won two medals at the Youth Olympics in China.

”I think the change is making his diving more consistent,” said Gagné’s coach Aaron Dziver. ”It shows more fluidity in his diving rather than being fast and powerful.”

Also in the 16-18 age group, Molly Carlson of Thunder Bay, Ont., won gold on women’s 10-metre tower. World championship medallist Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., took gold in the women’s open three-metre.

Canada collected six victories in the 14-15 age group. Alexandre Corriveau of Terrebonne, Que., was a double victor placing first on men’s three-metre and platform. Other winners were Alex Pierre and Faith Zacharias, both of London, Ont., on men’s and women’s one-metre, Mia Doucet-Vallée of Beaconsfield, Que., on women’s three-metre and Tereza Vithoulkas of Montreal on women’s platform.

”I was really happy how I came back with a strong final on three-metre after struggling in the preliminaries,” said Corriveau.

In the 12-13 age group, Cedric Fonfana of Quebec City and Joshua Inglis of London took gold on boys platform and three-metre