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Swimming - 04. November 2007.

Canada opens Pan Am junior diving championships with four medals

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Angelina Kroupko of Edmonton, Pamela Ware of St-Hubert, Que., Jennifer Abel of Montreal, and Myriam Selamni of Laval, Que., all won medals on Thursday to open the Pan American junior diving championships.

In the women’s 16-18 age group one-metre, Victoria Ishimatsu of the U.S., was the winner at 425.80 with Abel second at 414.65 and Abby Johnston of the U.S., third at 414.05. Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal was fourth at 399.55.

‘’I’m very pleased, I didn’t miss a dive,’’ said Abel, fifth in the event at the world juniors last year. ‘’My goal initially was a top-four but when I saw the quality of the field, I felt a top-six would have been a good result.’’

In the girls 14-15 platform, Kaylea Arnett of the U.S., placed first at 368.35 points with Kroupko second at 348.95 and Ware third at 327.60.

‘’I’m overwhelmed and surprised,’’ said Kroupko. ‘’I did all my dives well. I was particularly pleased with my inward two and a half pike. It had been giving me trouble latety.’’

Ware was coming off a shoulder injury.

‘’Because of the injury I had a lot of trouble adapting to the pool,’’ said Ware. ‘’So I had to change a lot of things during the week. Considering all that I’m happy with how I did.’’

On girls one-metre in the 12-13 age group, Kassidy Cook of the U.S., won the gold medal with 262.30 points with Monica Amaral of Brazil second at 259.45 and Myriam Selmani of Laval, Que., third at 249.20. Selmani’s training was derailed this summer when she broke her ankle.

‘’There was a time that I didn’t think I would compete here,’’ said Selmani, who missed four weeks of training due to the injury. ‘’The injury didn’t bother me today but take-offs weren’t as high as usual for me.’’

Molly Shupbach of Victoria was eighth.

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