Canadian Sport News (CSN
July 23, 2000
MIRANDA WINS FIRST CAREER NATIONAL DIVING TITLE
THUNDER BAY Ont.--Arturo Miranda of Edmonton set a personal
best on the men's three-metre springboard Sunday to win his
first Canadian title at the summer nationals diving competition.
Miranda, 29, compiled 654.03 points to edge defending champion
and Olympic teammate Jeff Liberty of Calgary second at 635.82.
Chris Monson of Edmonton was third at 555.96.
"It feels great especially after being second or third
the last two years," said Miranda. "This is the
first time I've had a smile on the podium. The big difference
is simply I've kept working hard and had my concentration
the entire competition. I can't wait for the Olympics."
His best dive was a front 3 1/2 in pike position which scored
8.5 and 9.0's from the judges. Miranda is a former Cuban national
champion who moved to Canada in 1995 and entered his first
international competition for his new homeland only this season.
On women's 10-metre tower, Anne Montminy of Pointe-Claire,
Que., won her eighth senior crown with 553.58 points. Her
Olympic teammate Emilie Heymans of Montreal led entering the
final round but settled for second at 546.21. Caroline Lauzon
of Montreal was third at 483.12.
"I had a bit of a rough start but overall it was solid,"
said Montminy, ranked second in the world. "I was particularly
pleased with my compulsory dives."
Several Olympic team members will compete at a Grand Prix
meet in Sicily in a couple of weeks.
Sunday's results at the summer nationals diving competition
in Thunder Bay,
Three-metre (final): 1. Arturo Miranda Edmonton, 654.03; 2.
Calgary, 635.82; 3. Chris Monson, Edmonton, 555.96; 4. Erik
Calgary, 555.33; 5. Sean Burnett, Regina, 548.31; 6. Nicolas
Montreal, 546.90; 7. Julio Abate, Montreal, 516.03; 8. Chris
Pointe-Claire, Que., 512.22; 9. Adam Marsh, St. John's Nfld.,
Josh Gallant, Nepean, Ont., 488.43.
10-metre (final): 1. Anne Montminy, Pointe-Claire, Que., 553.58;
Heymans, Montreal, 546.21; 3. Caroline Lauzon, Montreal, 483.12;
Marie-Eve Marleau, 439.68; 5. Adrienne Bell, Pointe-Claire,
6. Laura Knowles, Nepean, Ont., 408.93; 7. Shannon Dempsey,
404.97; 8. Mariane Allaire Morin, Montreal, 394.26; 9. Courtney
Bridgewater, Nepean, Ont., 354.93; 10. Shannon Sullivan, Calgary,