Canadian Sport News (CSN
July 21, 2000
LIBERTY WINS THIRD STRAIGHT CANADIAN DIVING TITLE
THUNDER BAY, Ont.--Jeff Liberty of Calgary won a tight dual
teammate Arturo Miranda of Edmonton Friday on men's one-metre
at the summer
nationals diving championships.
Liberty, 22, registered a personal best 362.10 points for
straight national crown on one-metre. Miranda, the leader
preliminaries, was second at 361.66- also a personal best-
Picard of Montreal was third at 324.24.
While the one-metre is not an Olympic event, Liberty says
valuable to him for his preparations to compete on three-metres
Olympics this September.
"Anytime you can get springboard work it's very important,"
with five gold medals at the last three nationals. "I
treat the one-metre
as a warm-up event. I work on a lot of things from getting
to the end of
the board and having good balance to being strong on my take-off.
win gives me a lot of confidence."
Miranda, 29, came very close to his first Canadian crown.
Cuban national champion moved to Canada in 1995 and entered
international competition for his new homeland only this season.
On women's 10-metres after semifinals, defending champion
19, of Montreal was sensational and leads with 560.94 points.
beats her personal best of 550.98 set in a gold medal performance
Pan Am Games last year.
"It's just a great feeling to do this with my international
said Heymans, who sprained her ankle three weeks ago and has
twice since Monday.
Veteran Anne Montminy of Pointe-Claire, Que., looking for
an eighth title,
is second at 527.88. Caroline Lauzon of Montreal is third
Montminy and Heymans are Canada's two Olympic entries on women's
serious medal threats. They were second and fourth respectively
at the FINA
World Cup in Sydney this past January.
Competition continues Saturday with finals on men's 10-metre
Friday's results at the summer nationals diving competition
in Thunder Bay,
One-metre (final): 1. Jeff Liberty, Calgary, 362.10; 2. Arturo
Edmonton, 361.66; 3. Christian Picard, Montreal, 324.24; 4.
Adam Marsh, St.
John's, Nfld., 324.15; 5. Erik Petursson, Calgary, 319.35;
6. Josh Gallant,
Nepean, Ont., 313.98; 7. Aaron Wionzek, Saskatoon, 306.60;
8. Sean Burnett,
Regina, 303.69; 9. Chris Monson, Edmonton, 298.92; 10. Nicolas
10-metre (after semifinals): 1. Emilie Heymans, Montreal,
560.94; 2. Anne
Montminy, Pointe-Claire, Que., 527.88; 3. Caroline Lauzon,
460.56; 4. Marie-Eve Marleau, Montreal, 420.45; 5. Adrienne
Pointe-Claire, Que., 405.09; 6. Shannon Dempsey, Toronto,
399.24; 7. Laura
Knowles, Nepean, Ont., 397.26; 8. Mariene Allaire Morin, Montreal,
9. Shannon Sullivan, Calgary, 374.97 10. Courtney Bridgewater,