REGINA – Émilie Heymans of St-Lambert, Que., and Marie-Ève Marleau of Laval, Que., won the gold medal in the women’s 10-metre synchro on Friday at the Winter Nationals diving competition.
Heymans and Marleau, silver medallists last month at the FINA World Cup totalled 322.83 points to edge Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal and Roseline Filion of Laval second at 310.47. Both pairs are expected to wage a fierce battle at the Olympic trials in June to win the Games spot for Canada.
‘’Our synchronization was very good but I was off in my individual diving,’’ said Heymans. ‘’I made errors on almost every dive. This was also a good opportunity to get use to the rhythm we’ll face at the trials with so few teams entered. We don’t have much time in between dives.’’
Heymans and Marleau rejoined forces last season and have stepped on the podium in all 10 competitions they have entered including gold at last year’s Pan Am Games and medals at all three FINA World Series events.
‘’My entries weren’t as clean as at the World Cup,’’ said Marleau. ‘’I think the fatigue factor has started to set in a bit. Still it was O.K. Our goal here was really to measure ourselves against Meghan and Roseline. Obviously they show that this will be a close competition.’’
Filion and Benfeito, a pair since 2005, are world championship, Commonwealth Games and Grand Prix medallists.
In the men’s one-metre final, François Imbeau-Dulac of Montreal won the gold medal with Cam McLean of Winnipeg second and Maxime Morneau-Ricard of Quebec City third.
In the women’s three-metre preliminaries, Blythe Hartley of North Vancouver is the leader at 355.00 followed by Benfeito and Melanie Rinaldi of Montreal.
Competition continues Saturday featuring finals in women’s three-metre, women’s tower and men’s three-metre synchro.