REGINA – Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., earned her first Canadian senior title on Thursday to open the Winter Nationals diving competition.
On women’s one-metre springboard, Abel won the gold medal with a personal best 278.85 points with Carol-Ann Ware of Montreal second at 257.35 and Angelina Kroupko of Edmonton third at 253.55.
‘’I’ve competed at several nationals and I always seem to be third so it’s nice to finish on top,’’ said Abel, 16, who placed 11th at the World Cup last month to qualify a second Olympic spot for Canada on women’s three-metre. ‘’I haven’t trained that much on one-metre this year because all the focus was on three-metre for the World Cup. Doing well on one-metre augurs well for me in the three-metre this weekend since the dives are similar.’’
In the women’s 10-metre prelims, Émilie Heymans of St-Lambert, Que., stands first at 351.10, Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal is second at 330.20 and Roseline Filion of Laval third at 322.45
The winter nationals crown national champions in 10 events including the synchronized diving events. In addition, results from the competition will be used to select Canadian teams competing on the FINA Diving Grand Prix Circuit this spring, including the Canada Cup scheduled for Montreal, May 1-4.