GWANGJU, South Korea (Team Canada) – Diver Celina Toth almost brought Canada its first medal at the 28th Summer Universiade in Gwangju, Sunday.
The Victoria, B.C., native finished the 10-metre platform event in fourth place with a total of 322.55 points. The Chinese pair of Wang Ying (345.00) and Wang Han (338.20) took the first two spots, while Japan’s Mai Nakagawa took advantage of a 75.20-point last dive to deprive Toth of the bronze medal with 330.05 points.
Nevertheless, Toth was happy with her superb performance. “It was exciting, but also a little nerve-racking!” said the University of Victoria student. “A lot of us had never been in an event that big before, but I went in and I was steady. Preliminaries were awesome, I had a lot of fun. The main thing is try to maintain and be consistent throughout the event so I tried really hard to do that and it turned out pretty good!”
Toth had every reason to be stoked, as she dominated the preliminaries with a score of 329.85. “I was shocked, I didn’t believe that it had happened! I have been working really hard this season and I did what I have been doing in practice,” she added.
Her Team Canada teammate Carol-Ann Ware of Montreal, Que., also did well, finishing second in the preliminary round with 325.85 points. The two Canadians then participated in the semi-final, where Ware recorded the best result with 294.55 points against 287.50 for Toth. Both divers secured a place in the final, with Ware completing the event in sixth place with 312.00 points.
Toth and Ware will be back at the pool on Monday with the presentation of the 10m platform synchronized event. Cameron McLean of Winnipeg, Man., will also be in action on the 1m springboard.