Canadian Sport News (CSN
July 20, 2000
HARTLEY CLAIMS FOURTH NATIONAL DIVING TITLE
THUNDER BAY, Ont.--With the world junior championships, then
coming up Blythe Hartley of North Vancouver, B.C., has a lot
on her plate
these days. She showed her training is going very well by
women's one-metre Thursday at the summer nationals diving
Hartley, 18, collected 285.00 for her second consecutive one-metre
fourth career national crown. Katherine Bortenlanger of Calgary
at 250.05 and Martha Dale of Edmonton third at 244.92.
"Overall I was pleased with my performance," said
Hartley, the Canadian
record holder in the event at 303.54. "There are some
things I could have
The one-metre is not on the Olympic programme but it's an
for Hartley. She'll look to defend one of her two world junior
the event August 15-20 in Calgary which is where she trains.
Last year Hartley won both the one and 10-metres at the world
the Czech Republic and was second on three-metres. She was
junior female athlete of the year. At the Olympics she'll
three-metres and synchronized three-metres with partner Eryn
"The Olympics are the main focus," said Hartley,
whose father Michael was
an Olympic bobsledder in 1972. "But the world juniors
are at home in
Calgary so it's pretty important too. I don't feel that much
I just want to go out and do a good job."
On men's 10-metre the top-three are all from Montreal's CAMO
club. Alexandre Despatie, also on the Olympic and world junior
teams, leads after
the semifinals with 626.04 points. His Olympic teammate Christopher
is second at 606.51 and Nicolas Leblanc, coming off a double
performance at the national junior championships last week,
is third at
Despatie, 15, is the defending 10-metre champion looking for
career national crown.
Competition continues Friday with finals on men's one-metre
preliminaries and semifinals on women's 10-metre featuring
Montminy of Pointe-Claire. Que., and Emilie Heymans of Montreal.
Thursday's results at the summer nationals diving competition
10-metre (after semifinals): 1. Alexandre Despatie, Montreal,
points; 2. Christopher Kalec, Montreal, 606.51; 3. Nicolas
Montreal, 508.53; 4. David Kalec, Montreal, 503.28; 5. Christian
Laval, Que., 485.70; 6. Erik Petursson, Calgary, 477.51; 7.
One-metre (final): 1. Blythe Hartley, North Vancouver, 285.00;
Bortenlanger, Calgary, 250.05; 3. Martha Dale, Edmonton, 244.92;
Moran, Thunder Bay, Ont., 243.69; 5. Melanie Rinaldi, Montreal,
Marie-Eve Marleau, Montreal, 231.03; 7. Mariane Morin, Montreal,
Adrienne Bell, Pointe-Claire, Que., 226.05; 9. Amie Buoy,
10. Laura Lunn, Calgary, 219.06.