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Canadian Senior National
Day 1, July 20 2000

Canadian Sport News (CSN
Results below

July 20, 2000

HARTLEY CLAIMS FOURTH NATIONAL DIVING TITLE

THUNDER BAY, Ont.--With the world junior championships, then the Olympics
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 dominating the
women's one-metre Thursday at the summer nationals diving competition.

Hartley, 18, collected 285.00 for her second consecutive one-metre and
fourth career national crown. Katherine Bortenlanger of Calgary was second
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
done better."

The one-metre is not on the Olympic programme but it's an important board
for Hartley. She'll look to defend one of her two world junior titles in
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 juniors in
the Czech Republic and was second on three-metres. She was named Canada's
junior female athlete of the year. At the Olympics she'll compete on
three-metres and synchronized three-metres with partner Eryn Bulmer of
Calgary.

"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 pressure yet.
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 Kalec
is second at 606.51 and Nicolas Leblanc, coming off a double gold
performance at the national junior championships last week, is third at
508.53.

Despatie, 15, is the defending 10-metre champion looking for a fourth
career national crown.

Competition continues Friday with finals on men's one-metre and
preliminaries and semifinals on women's 10-metre featuring Olympians Anne
Montminy of Pointe-Claire. Que., and Emilie Heymans of Montreal.

Thursday's results at the summer nationals diving competition at Thunder
Bay, Ont.

MEN

10-metre (after semifinals): 1. Alexandre Despatie, Montreal, 626.04
points; 2. Christopher Kalec, Montreal, 606.51; 3. Nicolas Leblanc,
Montreal, 508.53; 4. David Kalec, Montreal, 503.28; 5. Christian Picard,
Laval, Que., 485.70; 6. Erik Petursson, Calgary, 477.51; 7. Kevin Geyson,
Winnipeg, 437.79.

WOMEN

One-metre (final): 1. Blythe Hartley, North Vancouver, 285.00; 3. Katherine
Bortenlanger, Calgary, 250.05; 3. Martha Dale, Edmonton, 244.92; 4. Mandy
Moran, Thunder Bay, Ont., 243.69; 5. Melanie Rinaldi, Montreal, 235.77; 6.
Marie-Eve Marleau, Montreal, 231.03; 7. Mariane Morin, Montreal, 229.65; 8.
Adrienne Bell, Pointe-Claire, Que., 226.05; 9. Amie Buoy, Edmonton, 221.31;
10. Laura Lunn, Calgary, 219.06.

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