Optimal's Competitive Digest 2018

posted Aug 21, 2018, 1:42 PM by alxpvz   [ updated Aug 21, 2018, 1:49 PM ]

Camo International (Montreal, Nov 30-Dec 3 2017)
Victor of Optimal represented both his club and Canada at this popular international meet with over a dozen of countries present:

- 1st on 1m in Group A with 483.75
- 1st out of 15 on 3m in Group A with 543.30
- 4th out of 15 on 3M in Men's Open 385.85

Winter Senior Nationals (Saskatoon, Jan 25-27)
Victor comes 4th out of 18 on 3m with 385.5, gets nationally carded

German International Open in Rostock, Germany Feb 14-18, 2018
Victor came 4th on 3M with 385.5. Apparently, in Germany he duplicated his prior result from Canadian Winter Senior Nationals!

Forest City Diving Club Aspire Invitational, Feb 24-25, 2018.
- Optimal’s Conor Burnett, Boys Age-Group C, took bronze in both 1 and 3 m competitions with the scores of 164.90 and 163.30 respectively.
- Victoria Fitzpatrick, Girls Group B, took 9
th on 1m (158.65) and 4th on 3m (185.70).
- Amelia Franco, Girls Group C, Aspire I level, took 2
nd place in 3m competition with a score of 99.05, while the teammate Heidi Vonwells, also Aspire I, took 3rd(91.45).
- In 1m Aspire II level competition, Amelia finished 11 (149.65), and Heidi 12
th (143.15).
- Adele Melamud, Girls Group D, Aspire II, took 5
th in 1m competition (166.85), 3rd in 3m (170.60), and 8th in platform events (128.25).

At KW Diving Club Invitational in March 24-25, 2018,
- Heidi Vonwells won Girls 3m Aspire I event with 115.80 points and took 13
th place in Aspire II 1m event.
- Sophia Povzner took 6
th with 167.59 in Girls C Aspire II 1m and 9th in 3m (161.70) competitions.
- Conor Burnett achieved bronze medal finish in Boys C, Aspire II 1m (161.7) and 4
th place in 3 m (160.50) events.
- Victoria Fitzpatrick came 19
th in 1m (152.30) and 6th in 3m (178.55) Girls B Aspire II events.
- Adele Melamud took 3
rd in 1m (164.10) and 2nd in 3m (163.4) Girls Group D Aspire II competitions.

Dresden International Junior Championship (Dresden, Germany), April 26-29
Victor qualified to be on Team Canada for this prominent international junior meet when he won gold on 1M at the Spring Provincials in Ottawa. He came back from Dresden with two medals:
- Victor came 3rd out of 24 on 1m in Group A with 466
- Victor and his synchro partner Henry won gold with 292.56, competing against teams from 10 other countries in the 3M synchro event

At Summer Provincial Championships at London, On, May 18-20, 2018, Optimal’s
- Sophia Povzner received 243.65 points and achieved 1m Junior National qualifying standard.
- Adele Melamud achieved 208 points in 1m and 211.50 in 3m events also achieving the qualification standards for Jr National Championships in both 1 and 3m events.

Both Sophia and Adele took part at the Manitoba Provincial Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba in June 21-24, 2018, in an attempt to repeat the required qualifying score, where Adele achieved it and will move on to compete at Junior National Championships in Toronto, ON, July 6-8, 2018.

At Windsor Aspire II Provincial Championships, May 26-27, 2018,
- Conor Burnett earned bronze medals in both 1m (166.25) and 3m (166.90) Boys Group C events, while
- Victoria Fitzpatrick became a 3m Provincial Champion (Girls Group B) with a score of 216.05 and placed 5
th in 1m (186.60) competition. Amelia Franco took 12th in 1m (160.45) and 19th in 3m (154.30), and
- Heidi Vonwells took 14
th in 1m (153.50) and 24th in 3m (141.55) events.
- Victoria Fitzpatrick, Sophia Povzner, Amelia Franco, and Conor Burnett will take part at the Ontario Summer Games in London, ON, in Aug 2-5,2018.

Junior Elite Nationals (Winnipeg, May 31-June 3)
- Victor comes 3rd out of 19 on 3M in Group A, exceeds the standing national record with 582.70 in prelims but wraps up the finals with 526;
- Victor comes 1st on 1M out of 15 in Group A with 536.65, making Team Canada for the upcoming Junior Worlds 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.

At Ontario Summer Games 2018 in London, August 3-5
- Conor came 1st on 3M in Group C2 with 190.90 and 1st on 1M with 214.75
- Victoria came 4th on 1M in Group B with 222.85 and also 4th on 3M with 187.65
- Sophia came 5th out of 12 on 1M in Group C1 with 245.10 and 7th out of 12 on 3M.
- Amelia came 6th out of 8 on 1M in Group C2 with 206.55
- Heidi came 8th out of 8 on 3M in Group C2 with 192.0

At Junior Development National Diving Championship July 6-8 in Toronto
- Adele made finals and came 6th out of 14 on 1m in group D; she also came 13th on 3m with 199.90

Junior World Championships (Kiev, July 23-29)
Victor Povzner and Henry McKay, won a dramatic gold medal in the men’s synchronized three-metre on Tuesday at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships. It was Canada’s first medal of the competition.
McKay and Povzner earned 300.33 points to edge Lou Massenberg and Karl Schone of Germany in second at 298.56 while Daniel Restrepo and Luis Felipe Uribe of Colombia were third at 290.88.
The Canadian pair kept their eyes on the scoreboard throughout the competition and were ready when they executed their twisting dive in the last round.
‘’It was our most stressful dive,’’ said McKay. ‘’But we were in the zone. We actually took out the calculators before to see what score we needed to get on the podium. We always look at the scores to relieve pressure. It helps us focus on our goals.’’
After the dive, the Canadians assumed they had won the silver. But the Chinese pair of Zongyuan Wang and Luxian Wu of China, the last divers in the final, failed their final round dive and dropped from first to fifth and leave Canada with the gold.
‘’We watched the Chinese practice their harder dives this week in training,’’ said Povzner. ‘’We thought about raising the difficulty on some dives but we felt consistency would be the key to our success.’’
Victor also came 8th out of 38 on 1M in Group A with 485.90

Summer Senior Nationals (Gatineau, Aug 3-5)
Victor wins 2 silver medals at the Summer Senior Canadian Diving National Championships:
- 2nd on 3M with 408, making the senior Team Canada and getting access to the prestigious World Grand Prix international competition circuit.
- 2nd on 1M with 356.45
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