SHENZHEN, China – Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., and Rachel Kemp of Victoria, competing for the third time together internationally, placed fifth on women’s 10-metre synchro on Saturday at a Grand Prix diving competition.
Chen Ruolin and Wang Xin, the World Cup winners last week in Beijing, took the gold with 380.16 points. Paola Espinosa and Tatiana Ortiz of Mexico were second at 332.31 and Sun Hong and Choe Kum Hui of North Korea were third at 316.56.
Filion and Kemp posted a best-ever score as a pair. The last time they competed together was at this event in 2006 where they also placed fifth. Filion’s regular synchro partner is Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal who was not on this trip.
‘’Our last three optional dives were very strong,’’ said Filion. ‘’Unfortunately it was our opening two complusory dives that hurt in the end. But overall it was a strong competition for us and we always seem to dive well together.’’
Kemp said the pair had little time to prepare for the competition.
‘’We trained together at a camp in January then just a couple of days over here,’’ said Kemp. ‘’Considering that it was a very good performance. The big chellenge for us was to get the timing down right.’’
The women’s three-metre event got underway and Véronique Lemieux of Mascouche, Que., and Sabrina Beaupré of Longueuil, Que., were 14th and 15th respectively and eliminated. They missed a top-12 qualilfying berth by two and five points respectively.
Competition ends Sunday. No Canadians are competing. The next competition for Canadian divers is the Winter Nationals March
photos Janos Schmidt