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Swimming - 07. November 2007.

Golden day for Canadian divers at junior Pan Am Championships

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico

With six more medals on Sunday Canada ended the competition 20 overall (five gold, five silver and 10 bronze). Canada was second in the team standings behind the U.S., with the women ranking first and the men fourth.

Abel and Benfeito-photo Diving.ca


Benfeito and Abel took the three-metre synchro event totalling 282.00 points. They finish the meet with three medals apiece. Abel also won the individual three-metre and took silver on one-metre this week and was named the top female diver of the meet. Benfeito, in her final competition at the junior level, also won tower on Friday and was third on three-metre.

‘’It’s a great way to finish our partnership at the junior level,’’ said Abel, 16. ‘’We’ve been competing together for nearly two years and this was our first synchro victory. It was something really special.’’

Arantxa Chavez Munoz and Ximena Lopezcarillo of Mexico were second at 263.34 and Michelle Cabassol and Kaylea Arnett of the U.S., third at 261.39. Pamela Ware of St-Hubert, Que., and Beaupré were fourth.

In the women’s three-metre in the 14-15 age group, Beaupré was the winner at 376.95, Michelle Cabassol of the U.S., second at 368.00 and Angelina Kroupko of Edmonton third at 367.50. It was a second medal for both Beaupré and Kroupko.

‘’I just wanted to produce a solid performance,’’ said Beaupré. ‘’All my dives were well done. It’s that kind of stability I’ve been looking for in my diving.’’

In the girls 11 and under platform, Gavaris took the gold at 270.70 with Monica Marquez of Mexico second at 250.60 and Frederique Lalonde of Montreal third at 250.45. It was also a second podium trip for Gavaris and Lalonde.

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