The week of June 1 was a busy one for iDive’s Junior Elite National Team! The 8 member team plus coaches Yan and Igor were in Winnipeg to compete at the ultimate dive meet of the season.
In all, 88 divers from 19 clubs across Canada gathered in Winnipeg for the big event which featured divers in Age Group A (ages 16-18) and Group B (ages 14-15). The competition showcased some of iDive’s great talent amongst Canada’s top divers, with several top 12 finishes!
Notable moments included Nick scoring his first 9’s and 9.5’s on two dives off 10 metre, Veronica breaking the iDive girls’ platform record, Richard finishing top 12 in all his events at his first ever Nationals appearance on all 3 boards, and iDive placing top 12 in overall standings!
Congratulations to all our divers!
1m: Richard 11th, Toby 15th
3m: Richard 10th, Nick 17th, Toby 18th
Platform: Nick 7th, Richard 10th, Toby 16th
Synchro 3m: Toby and Richard 4th place
1m: Maggie 12th
3m: Maggie 13th
1m: Morgan 11th, Veronica 14th, Sadie 15th
3m: Sadie 8th, Veronica 16th, Morgan 17th, Olivia 19th
Platform: Veronica 6th, Sadie 16th, Morgan 17th
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Two of our budding divers, Karina and Senika, attended Novice Nationals in Regina during the May 25th weekend along with Coach Lydia.
The girls dove beautifully, and were not intimidated by the large field of competitors from across the country.
In Girls Age Group D, Senika outperformed other divers to earn top spot and the gold medal on 3m, with silver medals on 1m and platform.
Similarly, Karina nabbed the gold medal on 1m in Girls Age Group C, with silver medals on 3m and platform.
Not a bad result at all considering it was the first time that the girls competed on platform!
We are extremely proud of these two divers and can’t wait to see more from them in the years to come.
Special thanks go out to Lydia for her dedication in coaching the girls during the competition!
The last National qualifier dive meet of the season took place over the April 20 weekend. A number of our divers competed at the BC Summer Provincials in Victoria, under coaches Yan, Igor and Lydia.
iDive is pleased to congratulate our divers who will be travelling to Winnipeg (Junior Elite) and Toronto (Junior Development) to compete for National titles!
Men’s A: Nick, Toby, Richard (1m, 3m, platform)
Women’s A: Maggie (1m, 3m)
Women’s B: Sadie, Morgan, Veronica (1m, 3m, platform), Olivia (3m)
Boy’s D1: Lukas (1m), Sacha (1m and 3m)
Boy’s D2: Kieran (1m)
Girl’s D1: Senika (1m)
Many of our divers achieved personal best scores at the meet, with iDive bringing in 10 Gold, 10 Silver and 4 Bronze Medals!
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Next up: Novice Nationals on May 26 and 27 in Regina.
Join us in cheering on our team at Nationals in the upcoming months!
At this year’s Marc LePoole Speedo Sting Competition held in Victoria in March, iDive earned the top award for visiting team edging out teams from White Rock, Fraser Valley, and Woodlands Diving Academy from Texas!
Our team had 15 divers competing in age groups A through D, racking up podium spots and national qualification scores.
iDive is very proud of all its divers, especially those in their first year diving at the DPC level!
A great job to all participating athletes: Richard, Nick, Toby, Oliver, Keiran, Sacha, Tanya, Maggie, Olivia, Sadie, Taylor, Morgan, Veronica, Karina and Senika
Kamloops was host to the 2018 BC Winter Games, which saw 8 iDive athletes participate in Age Group B and C events on 1 metre and 3 metre diving boards.
Representing zone 4 (Fraser River) and zone 5 (Vancouver-Coastal), iDivers competed against a large field of divers from across the Province in this biennial competition.
Not only did divers get to showcase their talent, they had an amazing experience at the Games, from marching in the opening and closing ceremonies, cheering on athletes from various disciplines, and bonding with their teammates.
iDive is proud of all accomplishments, including 11 medals! Some of our divers even made the local news!
Congratulations to our participants:
Girls B Group
Veronica Fong: Gold 1m, Gold 3m, Gold Mixed Synchro
Taylor Pai: Silver 1m, Silver 3m
Girls C Group
Karina Andrada: Bronze 1m, Bronze 3m, Gold Mixed Synchro
Boys B Group
Eric Bullington: Bronze 1m, 4th on 3m, 8th in Mixed Synchro
Clive Weston: 5th on 1m, 6th on 3m, 8th in Mixed Synchro
Cael Warner: 7th on 1m, 5th on 3m
Boys C Group
Oliver Kratz: Bronze 1m, Silver 3m, 5th in Mixed Synchro
Connor Morgan: 6th on 1m, 6th on 3m, 5th in Mixed Synchro
Very special thanks go to coaches Lydia and Keith, who not only coached our athletes but also travelled with them and chaperoned them throughout the Games!
The 2018 dive season opened with the BC Winter Provincials at the Grandview Heights Pool in Surrey, BC. iDive had 15 competitors in all age groups in both National Qualifying and Provincial events, with great results!
Several medals were achieved, including podium sweeps in Men’s A platform, as well as in all three Women’s B events (1 m, 3m and platform). Congratulations to all divers for their hard work and achievements over the weekend:
Men’s A Group: Nick, Richard, Toby
Men’s C Group: Oliver
Men’s D Group: Keiran, Sacha and Lukas
Women’s A Group: Maggie
Women’s B Group: Sadie, Olivia, Morgan, Veronica
Women’s C Group: Karina
Women’s D Group: Senika and Brianna
Many of our divers obtained full qualification for the Junior Elite Nationals in Saskatoon this coming June, having scored 110% of the required national standard, while several others received their first qualification scores! In total, iDive earned 7 Gold medals, 10 Silver medals and 9 Bronze medals at this event!
In addition, at the banquet and awards night, 7 of our divers were named to the 2017-2018 BC Provincial Team. Well done Nick, Richard, Toby, Maggie, Sadie, Morgan and Veronica!
iDivers are off to a great start to the season, thanks to their amazing coaches Yan, Igor and Lydia. Keep up the good work!
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For its 3rd international dive training camp, Coach Yan took a group of 8 divers to the bustling city of Hong Kong and the port city of Guangzhou over the Christmas holidays.
Over the course of 2 weeks, the divers got to train in world-class facilities, utilize the expertise of Chinese dive coaches, observe elite divers from other parts of Asia, and take in the amazing Chinese culture.
First stop was Hong Kong, where divers trained at the Kowloon Park Swimming Pool located right on the harbour. The Park is a huge public multidisciplinary area which hosts several sporting events and competitions, and also home to an aviary, bird lake and gardens.
The divers also had the opportunity to visit several sights in HK, take in a sampan ride, and ring in the New Year amongst the bustle of people and city lights!
After leaving HK, the divers really got down to business. Their home for the next 10 days was at the Weilun Sports School in Guangzhou, a comprehensive elite sports school that trains 18 of Guangzhou City’s sports teams and produces some of China’s Olympic athletes! Although the divers had an intense training schedule, they were excited to take advantage of the advanced facilities and didn’t even mind waking up for 6 am runs with the other athletes staying at the school!
It wasn’t all work for the divers though, and they were given time to explore the modern and ancient city of Guangzhou including a boat cruise on the Pearl River and Canton Tower at night. The highlight however was being around other divers, including training with members of the Japanese National Team, watching the Guangzhou Provincial Team in action, and reconnecting with Chinese divers that participated in iDive’s International Invitational Dive meet held in Vancouver last October. Overall, the camp was a tremendous success with our divers coming home with an understanding of new training disciplines as well as an appreciation for the unique and diverse culture of China. Thank you Yan and Brad for a great trip!
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This past June, 3 divers from our club were named to represent Team BC at the Canada Summer Games. Alison Komlos, Sam Braun and Nicholas Nepomuceno were all chosen as part of a team of 8 divers from BC to compete at the Games in Winnipeg in August. Alison, Sam and Nick all started diving together in West Vancouver, and over the years trained and travelled together, competing at National and International events as teammates.
At the Games, which takes place every 4 years, our athletes competed against the top divers from across the country on 1m, 3m and platform events. They even had the opportunity to dive synchro with their teammates!
The divers had an unforgettable experience and grew in comradery with each other and the rest of their Team BC counterparts.
The BC dive team was also recognized as Team BC’s “True Sport Pur’s Ovation Moment of the Day” nominees for generously donating their lunches to Team Ontario divers, who did not have any.
For their gesture, they earned a highly coveted Team BC pin! We are very proud of Alison, Sam and Nick!
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This season, iDive had nine of its divers qualify for DPC Junior Nationals, all of whom went on to compete in their respective age categories against the top divers across Canada.
Morgan and Veronica competed in Victoria at Junior Development Nationals, while Sam, Nick, Richard, Alison, Toby, Maggie and Sadie all travelled to Montreal for Junior Elite Nationals.
It was a season of hard work and training, and the divers performed well with several top 12 finishes!
Age Group C
Morgan: 1m - 10th, 3m - 10th, Platform - 9th
Veronica: 1m - 13th, 3m - 11th, Platform - 10th
Age Group B
Sadie: 1m - 7th, 3m - 12th, 3m Synchro - 9th
Maggie: 1m - 11th
Toby: 1m - 11th, 3m - 11th, Platform - 12th
Age Group A
Alison: 1m - 15th, 3m Synchro - 9th
Nick: 1m - 16th, 3m - 17th, Platform - 5th
Sam: 1m - 13th, 3m - 14th, 3m Synchro - 8th
Richard: 1m - 15th, 3m Synchro - 8th
Congratulaions to the divers and coaches Yan and Igor on a successful season!
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In mid-April, seven divers from iDive were part of the BC Provincial Team invited to compete in the Convocatoria “Copa Yumuri” 2017 International Dive Meet in Matanzas, Cuba. Sam, Nick, Toby, Alison, Sadie, Morgan and Veronica all travelled to the Caribbean nation for a week of training, competition, and fun, along with coach Yan and other provincial team members.
The BC Team was the only Canadian team competing in a field of Cuban divers from across the country. Our group performed well, despite the sometimes stormy weather and the challenge of diving outdoors. The divers were proud to land several podium finishes in all age groups, including synchro!
After a week of hard work, the team was able to enjoy the beautiful Cuban shores, and even had the opportunity to swim with dolphins. What an unforgettable experience it was for all the divers to compete in another country, meet new friends, and explore the culture of Cuba. Thank you BC Diving for this wonderful opportunity!
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8 of iDive’s top divers travelled to Victoria to take part in the highly competitive 2017 Marc LePoole Speedo Sting. As this dive meet was the selection event for the Canadian Team at the upcoming international competition in Dresden, Germany, it saw over 140 divers representing 25 clubs from across Canada and also Stanford, California and Fort Lauderdale, Florida! The competition showcased top talent, with some Sting records being broken and several divers getting “stung” (their score bettered the National bronze medal score in that category from last year), earning them a special prize from Speedo.
We are proud of our divers, Sam, Nick, Toby, Alison, Sadie, Olivia, Veronica and Morgan for competing against a challenging and sizeable field. Special recognition go to Veronica (who got stung!) and Morgan, who both dove beautifully to earn themselves the gold and silver medal on the Women’s C 1 metre event. Congratulations also to Olivia, for competing in her first Women’s B DPC event!
These divers are now fully qualified for Junior Nationals this summer – well done!!
Nick – Men’s A Platform
Toby – Men’s B Platform
Alison – Women’s A 1 m
Sadie – Women’s B 3 m
Veronica – Women’s C 1 m, 3 m and Platform
Morgan – Women’s C 1m, 3 m and Platform
Honourable mention also go to coaches Yan and Igor, who spent the whole week working hard with the divers throughout the competition. Thank you coaches and divers!
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iDive Vancouver welcomes you to #GetOnBoard for Try Diving Day as part of the ParticipACTION 150 Play List to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday.
VENUE: Vancouver Aquatic Centre, 1050 Beach Ave
TIME: Saturday, March 18, 9:30 am – 12 noon
iDive Vancouver will be offering a free Introductory Diving Lesson open to all ages, all you’ll need is a bathing suit and a towel. It’s recommended that you are comfortable swimming in deep water.
Registration is from 9:30 – 11 am with lessons scheduled between 10 am – 12 noon.
For more information or pre-event registration please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Twenty-one iDivers bared the snowy weather and made their way to the Grandview Heights Pool in Surrey to compete in the 2017 BC Winter Provincial Championships from February 3-5. Several of the athletes earned podium finishes at both the Provincial and DPC level. In all, iDive captured 9 Gold, 17 Silver and 12 Bronze medals at this event, with a number of the DPC divers achieving their first national qualifying scores for the year!
iDive is proud to recognize all competing athletes:
Group B: Jayna, Olivia
Group C: Avery, Cael, Eric, Clive, Karina
Group D: Kieran
Group E: Patrick Sascha, Lukas, Senika
Group A: Nick, Sam, Lilly, Alison, Richard
Group B: Sadie, Tobey
Group C: Morgan, Veronica
Congratulations divers, coaches Yan, Igor, Lydia, Keith and Carey, and volunteers for all their efforts during the competition!
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On October 29 and 30, 2016, iDive hosted its very first international dive meet, welcoming divers from Beijing, Hunan and Guang Dong provinces in China. Over 20 China divers competed in age group and open categories against BC divers from iDive, White Rock and Boardwords (Victoria). There was even a team event, where both Chinese and BC divers joined together to compete in a mixed format, including a rip competition, where 3 divers scored perfect 10’s from all the judges!
While the Chinese divers dominated the podium with their skill and grace, BC athletes also executed beautiful dives in their first competition this season. The event was a great way for divers to showcase their talent, forge new friendships and create lasting memories… a truly unforgettable experience for all!
Special thanks and acknowledgement go to the athletes, coaches, officials, numerous volunteers, sponsors and especially coach Yan Yang, for their part in making this event such a tremendous success!
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iDive was well represented at Junior Elite Nationals, held July 22-24, 2016 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Nick and Sam (Group A: ages 16-18) and Alison (Group B: ages 14-15) travelled to the national championships and competed vigorously against top junior divers across the country to land top 12 finishes.
Sam came off an injury last season and rebounded to earn BC Provincial bronze medals on 1 m and 3 m springboard in May which qualified him for Nationals. He followed that up at Nationals with an overall 11th place finish on 1 m and 17th place on 3 m.
Nick, in his first year in Group A, dove to 16th place finishes on both 1m and 3 m springboard, but really showcased his strength on platform, where he finished 6th!
Alison held her own throughout the competition and dove beautifully on both 1m and 3 m springboards, bettering her scores from the preliminary round in the finals each time, to end in 6th place on both boards!
Congratulations Sam, Nick and Alison, and special thanks to coach Yan for her dedication throughout!
Group C diver (ages 12-13), Sadie, had an incredible competition at Junior Development Nationals in Montreal, Quebec July 8-10, 2016. In 1 m springboard, Sadie won the bronze medal after an excellent performance, just 1.5 points from the gold medal score! She also dove well on 3m springboard, climbing to a 5th place finish. This year, Sadie also competed on platform at Nationals for the first time, finishing in 14th place.
In addition, 11 year old Veronica, also competed in Group C in Montreal on 1m, 3m and platform against a large and talented field. She ended the competition in 13th place on 1m and platform, very narrowly missing top 12 finishes on both boards, and placed 14th on 3 m.
Well done Sadie and Veronica!
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In March 2016, iDive held a very successful “Spring Break Competitive Training Camp” in Shanghai, China. Attending this 2 week camp, there were 10 Canadian divers (iDive) and 6 US divers (THDC USA), along with 3 of our competitive team coaches. Our divers had a unique opportunity to train within highly advanced dry-land training and specialized aquatic facilities within 3 world-level diving centers housing Chinese National Team members. Our divers also had a special opportunity to train alongside the Chinese team divers and their coaches that reside and train in the facilities. Many lasting friendships were made. During the training camp, our divers and parents also had a wonderful opportunity to participate in many fun excursions within Shanghai and the ancient water town of Wu Zhen. It was a wonderful athletic and cultural experience for our divers and coaches. There are many more training camps to come!
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iDive’s newest member, Veronica, represented iDive at Junior Development Nationals, held July 3-5 in Quebec City. Under Yan’s coaching, Veronica qualified for Nationals on 1m and 3m, as well as on platform, which she only started diving this past year. At Nationals, Veronica dove a personal best score on 1m to finish in 4th place, missing the bronze medal by only 0.5 points! She followed that up with another 4th place finish on platform, and a 9th place on 3m. Her performance earned her both the BC Diving Outstanding Junior Female Athlete award for 2015 as well as iDive’s Female Diver of the Year.
Great job Veronica and coach Yan!
In March, iDive organized a very successful spring break training camp in Tianjin, China. There were 11 iDive divers, 4 White Rock divers and 3 coaches that attended this two-week camp. Our divers had a unique opportunity to train with highly advanced dry-land training and water facilities within the Tianjin Swimming and Diving Centre. They also had the opportunity to train alongside the Chinese divers and coaches that reside and train in the facility. Many lasting friendships were made. During the training camp, our divers and parents also had a wonderful opportunity to participate in several fun tours within Tianjin and then afterwards within Beijing, where they saw the historic sites of the Forbidden City, Hutong, the Great Wall and then visited the Chinese National Team during one of their dry-land training sessions in the National Sports Centre. It was a very special experience for them to watch the Olympic and World Champion Divers training, as well as greeting them. Our Divers also had the opportunity to cheer on some of the world’s best divers at the Beijing Olympic water cube during the World Tour of Diving.
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Five iDive athletes qualified to compete at the 2014 Canadian Jr. Elite Nationals and what a showing they had with Yan coaching them to eight "top 12 finalist" finishes and enough individual points to place iDive in the #10 club spot in Canada - well done team!! Now for the details...
Nina competed in A age (16-18 years); Kaelyn, Lilly, Sam and Nick all competed in B age (14-15 years); plus Nina, Kaelyn, Sam and Nick competed in the 3m synchro events. Our athletes were competing against Canada's best age group divers and excellent diving was seen from all.
In B age boys Nick came 5th on tower, 10th on 3m and 17th on 1m while Sam placed 6th on tower, 8th on 1m and 12th on 3m. This duo teamed up for 3m synchro and dove really well together finishing 4th, well done and congratulations to both!!
Nina was 6th in her synchro event (with partner Maddie from White Rock), 13th on 3m and 16th on 1m, an excellent showing for the first year of A age!! Kaelyn placed 9th in her synchro event (diving with White Rock's Carolyn), 22nd on 1m and 28th on 3m while Lilly finished 30th on 1m. A strong showing from all!
We are proud of our athletes and thankful for Head Coach Yan's continued excellence in coaching brining our divers to strong finishes at the 2014 Canadian Elite Jr. Nationals. These athletes and Yan have worked hard all summer and have represented iDive well, a huge congratulations to our National team!!
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What a weekend in Montreal for iDive's Head Coach Yan and divers Alison and Alen and as they competed against Canada's best age group divers in D and C ages. Alen (D age, 11 and under) and Alison (C age 12-13) both qualified to compete at Jr. Nationals after achieving the national standard score at two sanctioned meets: At nationals Alison competed on 1m and 3m springboards while Alen competed on 1m, 3m springboards and platform tower.
Both divers had excellent results with both achieving a top multiple 12 awards finishes. Alison placed 5th on the 1m springboard and 11th on the 3m in a large and competitive field of talented divers. Alen came 9th on both the 3m springboard and platform tower with a 17th place finish on 1m, again in an excellent field of athletes.
iDive is very proud of both these athletes on their amazing show at Jr. Develompent Nationals and we are grateful to Yan for her excellence in coaching and dedication to the athletes!
Congratulations to Alen, Alison and Yan. Next up, Jr. Elite Nationals for Nina, Kaelyn, Lilly,
Sam and Nick - go team iDive!!
Kaelyn and Alen travelled to the Manitoba Provincials and it was a huge iDive success for these two athletes. Despite nearly a month of being sick Kaelyn achieved national qualifying on the 3m and is now fully qualified to dive both 1m and 3m at the 2014 Canadian Junior Elite Nationals to be held in Victoria BC in August. Alen got his second required qualification on the platform tower (and the silver medal as well) and he is now fully qualified to compete all three boards (1m, 3m and platform) at the Canadian Developmental Jr. Nationals to be held in Montreal in July. Thanks go to White Rock coach Grant Brehaut for taking these two talented iDivers to Winnipeg.
Congratulations to Kaelyn and Alen for achieving the qualifications you were striving for this year - well done!! Congratuations to head coach Yan for iDive's largest Jr. National team ever with 7 athletes heading to the 2014 Canadian Jr. Nationals.
iDive's competitive team is working hard and competing strong during this final push for Nationalqualifying scores and we now have 7 divers who have earned the right to compete at Jr. Nationals! The most recent qualifying meet saw iDive's Nina, Kaelyn, Nick and Alen all headed to Victoria to compete in the 2014 BC Summer Provincials and they had an excellent meet with all of them exceeding the National qualifying standard on all boards!
Congratulations to D age Alen who is fully qualified to compete at Jr. Nationals for the first time ever! He achieved national scores and bronze medals on all three boards. He is fully qualified on 1m and platform and will be trying for his second required 3m score in Winnipeg. Also in huge news Kaelyn, B age, is now fully qualified to compete 1m at Junior. Elite Nationals. She is also our newest Provincial Champion having won the gold medal on the 3m event and silver medal on 1m and 8th National score.
Nick and Nina are already qualified to compete at Junior Elite Nationals. They both dove well at the Provincials with Nina achieving double bronze on 1m and 3m in A age group; 5th bronze on 3m in Open, (fill in medal placements A age and Open) and Nick getting triple silver on each B age board with a silver, 4th and 6th in Open Platform, 3m and 1m respectively. On 1m Open Nick competed against 2004 and 2008 Olympian Jorge Betancourt and the crowd was thrilled to watch Jorge dive (gold to Jorge for this amazing experience!). In Novice event, Toby attended his first ever summer provincials and got second place on 1m, well done!
In addition to the competition, our BC Team members Alen, Alison, Nick, Kaelyn and Nina all attended the Provincial team nutritional seminar and got lots of excellent advice on fueling themselves for training and competition. Our 2014 National team is Alen, Alison, Nick, Lilly, Kaelyn, Sam and Nina - congratulations divers and we'll be cheering for you at Nationals!
Yan is very proud of her team for their strong results and huge thanks go to Yan for her excellent coaching and positive team environment!!
Well done divers and coaches!
Head coach Yan took divers Lilly, Kaelyn, Nick and Alen to the 2014 Western Canadian Diving Championships held in Regina Saskatchewan and what a result for the team! A big congratulations goes out to Alen who achieved his first ever Jr. National qualification scores on both platform tower and 1m springboard, well done Alen we are Head coach Yan took divers Lilly, Kaelyn, Nick and Alen to the 2014 Western Canadian Diving Championships held in Regina Saskatchewan and what a result for the team!
A big congratulations goes out to Alen who achieved his first ever Jr. National qualification scores on both platform tower and 1m springboard, well done Alen we are very proud of you! Alen also won the silver medal on Platform and bronze medal on 1m with a 4th place on 3m.
A huge congratulation also goes to Nick who pulled off a triple crown winning the men's B Age gold medals on each board: 1m; 3m; and Platform. He also bagged the silver medal in Open (men's seniors) 1m and tower and the bronze on Open 3m, well done NIck!
Lilly and Kaelyn were both diving strong with Lilly finishing 4th in Open 1m and 6th on 1m B age. On 3m Lilly achieved 7th. Kaelyn finished 9th on 1m Open and 7th on 1m B age. On 3m Kaelyn achieved 6th.
Congratulations to all 4 divers and to head coach Yan for a strong showing in Regina! Next up, BC Summer Provincials, go team iDive!
iDive athletes Kaelyn, Lilly, Nick, Cissy, Morgan, Alanna, Toby, Alexander, Darin competed in 2014 BC Games. Our divers had a strong showing in the Games. Nick achieved the double gold medals in Boy B age 1m and 3m. Toby took silver medal in Boy C age 1m and bronze medal in 3m.. Kaelyn captured the silver medal in Girl B age 1m and bronze medal in 3m. Lilly received bronze medal in Girl B age 1m - congratulations!!
iDive athletes Nina, Kaelyn, Lilly, Alen, Sam and Nick spent their weekend at Saanich Commonwealth Place in Victoria competing at the Marc LePoole Speedo Sting, one of BC's 3 National qualifier meets. To qualify for Nationals a diver must achieve the National standard score at two sanctioned meets.
Our divers had a strong showing with Nina taking the gold medal in A age 1m and Nick taking the gold medal in B age 3m - congratulations!! Other medals include Lilly winning silver in B age 1m and bronze in B age 3m, Nina taking the silver on 1m Open, Nick getting silvers on 1m and Platform B age, Sam getting silver on Platform open and triple bronze on 1m, 3m, Platform B age and Alen double bronze on 1m and Platform D age.
In Nationals news, Nina, Sam, Lilly, Nick and Kaelyn all got qualifying scores with Lilly now fully qualified for 1m B age, Nina fully qualified for 1m, 3m A age as well as 1m Seniors, Sam and Nick fully qualified on 1m, 3m, Platform B age and Kaelyn half qualified for 1m B age. Jr Elite Nationals will be held in Victoria BC in August 2014 and this will be our largest National team yet!
Congratulations to all our divers who competed at the Sting - we are proud of you all and your hard work is paying off! A huge thanks to Head Coach Yan for your excellence in coaching and for making sure these athletes have a positive experience at their away meets. Special thanks also to Boardworks for hosting this meet!
Results below (* indicates national qualifying scores):
1m A group, Gold 424*
3m A group, 4th 382.35 *
1m Open, Silver 222.55*
3m Open, 5th 215.05
1m B group, Silver 311.4*
3m B group, Bronze 283.5
1m Open, 4th 194.8
3m Open, 7th 170.5
1m B group, 4th 292.45*
3m B group, 4th 240.25
1m Open, 10th 144.7
1m B group, Bronze 335.25*
3m B group, Bronze 365.1*
Platform B group, Bronze 360.3*
1m Open, 7th 210.25
3m Open, 5th 256.1
Platform Open, Silver 327.3
1m B group, Silver 349.75*
3m B group, Gold, 383.3*
Platform B group, Silver 376.5*
1m Open, 5th 223.85
3m Open, 4th 273.5
Platform Open, 4th 295.6
1m D group, Bronze 191.55
Platform D group, Bronze, 167.25
There was excellent competition at iDive's home pool as 80 divers from BC and Washington State competed to become BC's championship title holder. This was also one of BC's National qualifying meets for DPC divers vying for spots at Canadian Nationals. iDive had 16 divers entered into DPC, Tier 2 and Open (seniors) events.
DPC events for National qualifiers saw Alen, Nick, Sam, Lilly and Nina competing with Kaylen, who was out with an injury, announcing at the meet. Congratulations to Lilly, Nina, Nick and Sam who all achieved their first National qualifying scores (a second qualifying score is required by all to be qualified to compete at 2014 Canadian Jr Nationals). Congratulations also to our DPC medalists Alen with a D age bronze medal sweep 1m, 3m, platform, Nin with silver in open platform and bronze i open 1m and 3m, Lilly with double silver in B age 1m and 3m, Sam with silver in B age on both 3m and platform as well as a silver in open platform, Nick with a silver in B age 1m and double bronze on B age 3m and platform. An excellent result for our DPC divers.
(B) 1m silver 337.3, 3m bronze 361.85, platform bronze 309.65 (half qualified on all)
open 1m 7th 217.3, 3m 7th 241.85
(B) 1m 4th 320.9, 3m silver 376.3, platform silver 318.15 (half qualified on all)
open 1m 5th 237.7, 3m 4th 280, platform silver 297 platform 4th 250.05
(A)1m 5th 366.5*, 3m 4th 397.4 (half qualified on both)
Open 1m bronze 198.65, 3m bronze 238.85, platform silver 185.15
(B) 1m silver 301.9, 3m silver 288.8 (half qualified on 1m only)
Open 1m 6th 181.2, 3m 6th 158.85
1m bronze 192.35, 3m bronze 187.7, platform bronze 152.55
In Tier 2 event:
* Cissy Chu (C) 1m 4th place
* Alanna Marrington (C) 1m 7th place
* Griffin Kendall (D) 1m silver
* Keir Parnitzke (E) 1m gold
* Toby Verchere (C) 1m gold
* Alexander Yen (C) bronze
Twenty-eight iDive athletes competed at the 2013 Candy Cane Invitational dive meet and BC Winter Games trials held Dec 7-8 at Walnut Grove Pool in Langley. Tier III events were held on Saturday and Tier II events plus the BC Winter Games trials were held on Sunday. Our athletes had a fantastic meet with many of them qualifying to compete at the BC Winter Games to be held in February 2014. Thanks to BC Diving as well as Fraser Valley Dive Club for putting on their annual Candy Cane meet!
Divers from our recreational program had a blast at this Tier III meet! 33 divers competed at the meet and spectators got to see some pretty fine diving from our athletes. For many of the E and F age divers it was their first meet and it looked like everyone had a fun time. C and D age parents and divers were treated to a diving demonstration from 4 of our Provincial team divers and that seemed to be a big hit. There were crowds of spectators from the pool watching our athletes compete and many happy faces during the awards. Thanks go to our judges, coaches and meet volunteers who made the event so special for the Tier III club divers and of course special thanks to Yan for putting on such a super event!
This year Dive Canada split the Jr. Nationals into two meets: Elite Nationals for divers in age groups B and A (14 through 18) and Developmental Nationals for divers in age groups D and C (under 11 through 13). iDive's Sam and Nina competed in the Elite Nationals held in Thunder Bay in July and Nick competed in the Developmental Nationals held in Saskatoon in August.
Jr. Elite Nationals, July 12-14, Thunder Bay Ont:
Both Nina and Sam did great at Nationals achieving individual 13th place finishes on one of their boards and each finishing in the top 10 in their 3m synchronized diving events (Sam with partner Kurt finished in 6th place and Nina with partner Carlyn finished in 10th). In the individual events Sam placed 17th on 1m, 20th on 3m and 13th on platform while Nina finished 13th on 1m, 16th on 3m and 17th on platform. We are very proud of both of you for your strong results!
Jr. Developmental Nationals, Aug 3-4, Saskatoon, Sask:
Thanks go to Saskatoon for holding this meet originally scheduled to be held in Calgary but moved because of the terrible flood damage to Talisman pool. Nick attended the meet and achieved a top 12 award finish on each board placing 8th on 1m, 7th on 3m and 6th on platform - an outstanding result, well done Nick! Congratulations go to all three divers and especially to Yan for your excellent coaching and 2013 Jr. Nationals results. Next up, Canada Games for Sam who is on the BC Canada Games Team - go Sam!
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Approximately 40 divers representing their dive clubs iDive, Fraser Valley, White Rock, and the North Shore, spent their holiday Sunday of the Canada Day long weekend showing what it takes to be a Tier III competitive diver. Competitions ran on the 1m and 3m springboards for divers in age Groups C through F plus Open. These talented athletes were cheered on by parents, friends, family and their coaches. We saw smiles, heard cheers and a crowd of people enjoying the pool gathered to watch the meet. All the divers did really well and we are proud of each of them. iDive was so happy to host the meet and we want to extend our appreciation to Hillcrest Centre as well as the many volunteers, judges and helpers who attended and made the meet so special. A big thanks to iDive Head Coach Yan for coordinating such a great event (and providing the divers with the most beautiful ribbons and medals!). Congratulations to the meet participants, keep on diving!
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Saanich Commonwealth Place in Victoria BC was a busy pool as divers from BC, Alberta and the US gathered to compete at the 2013 BC Summer Provincials and Canada Games Trials. Competing from iDive Vancouver were Lilly, Nina, Alen, Nick and Sam.
In huge iDive news, congratulations go to Sam who secured a spot on the BC Team competing at Canada Games. The Games will be held in Sherbrooke Quebec this August. The team includes the top 4 male and top 4 female divers in the province age 18 or less. It's a huge accomplishment for a diver in first year B (14 years old) to secure this spot and iDive is so proud to have Sam represent our Province at this meet! Also attending will be iDive Head Coach Yan who is also a BC Team Coach.
Other highlights from Summer Provincials include Nick becoming the overall C age BC Champion winning gold medals on each board, 1m, 3m and platform. Sam and Nina became fully qualified to compete all boards at Jr. Nationals securing second qualifying scores on 1m and platform respectively. Other medal finishes include Sam winning the silver medal on men's Open Platform and bronze in B group on both the 1m and Platform, Nina winning silver in B group platform and Alen winning bronze on D age 1m and 3m springboards. Lilly placed 5th on 1m and 3m springboards in B age.
We are so proud of all these athletes for their hard work and dedication to diving. A big thanks goes to Coach Yan for her ongoing commitment to excellence in sports training and for developing such amazing young athletes! Go team iDive!
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iDive Vancouver's home pool, the Vancouver Aquatic Centre, had a flurr y of excited divers,parents and fans in attendance to watch the 2013 White Rock Invitational Dive meet. The meet invited 3 levels of competition, Tier 3 Recreational, Tier 2 Pre-competitive and Tier 1 (a CADA demonstration event). iDive had 12 divers competing in Tiers 3 and 1 with strong results by all.
First up in the day was Tier 3. iDive secured 5 gold medal finishes, 3 silvers and 2 bronze. Outstanding performance mention goes to double gold medalists Gemma Seabrook (1m and 3m) and Duncan Kendall (1m and 3m). Griffin Kendall secured gold on 1m and silver on 3m, Luke Parnitzke bagged the silver on 1m (4th on 3m), Zoe MacFarlane got silver on 1m (bronze 3m), Cissy Chu won bronze on 3m (4th on 1m) and Nicola Ruby Georg was 5th on 3m (7th on 1m) - an outstanding effort by all!
Diving a compressed Tier 1 demonstration event (4 optional dives only) were competitive iDivers Nick, Sam, Nina, Lilly and Kaelyn. C age divers were placed on 1m and B age divers were placed on 3m. Nick won gold on 1m C age, Sam won gold on 3m B age, Nina won gold on 3m B age with Lilly and Kaelyn bringing home the silver and bronze for an iDive B age girls podium sweep.
Congratulations to all our iDive competitors and Yan for participating in this fun meet!
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This year's Marc Le Poole Speedo Sting and Dresden Trials, held at Saanich Commonwealth Place in Victoria BC, saw excellent competition from 129 of Canada's best youth divers as A and B age groups were vying for Team Canada spots to compete at the International Youth Diving Meet to be held in Dresden Germany in April. The meet is also one of three BC National qualifying competitions and generally BC's largest meet of the year with divers coming from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC.
To qualify for The Sting divers must have a Tier 1 sanctioned CADA dive list and team iDive had 6 divers qualified to attend: B age (14-15 years) Nina, Sam, Lilly and Kaelyn plus C age (12-13) Nicholas and D age (11 and under) Alen. Highlights include Nina, Sam and Nick all achieving National qualifying scores, Nick winning the silver medal and achieving the "Sting standard" on platform (missing gold by less than half a point), Sam, Alen and Nick all achieving "top 6" awards finishes and all the divers having a great time at their first away meet of the year!
Team iDive was composed and enjoyed the National level competition with our largest Sting group ever. Congratulations to our divers and also congratulations and thanks to coach Yan!
Nina Lazar: 16th 1m (292.4*), 11th 3m (327.35*)
Sam Braun: 14th 1m (257), 11th 3m (320.4*), 10th Platform (309.4*)
Lilly Yi: 23rd 1m (239.3), 22nd 3m (217.85)
Kaelyn Burgess: 24th 1m (215.3), 21st 3m (228)
Nicholas Nepomuceno: 7th 1m (230.7*), 5th 3m (290.7*), 2nd platform (314.5*)
Alen Fazlagic: 5th 1m (160.5), 5th 3m (180.4)
Nina Lazar: 12th 1m (169.7), 9th 3m (193.55),
Sam Braun: 6th 1m (197.65), 11th 3m (189), 4th Platform (220.35)
Lilly Yi: 14th 1m (166.05),16th 3m (100.5)
Kaelyn Burgess: 17th 1m (117.8)
Nicholas Nepomuceno 10th 3m (194.85), 5th Platform (218.45)
* denotes National qualifying score
Congratulations to Nina, Nicholas and Sam who have all qualified to compete at the 2013 Canadian Jr Nationals. To compete at Nationals a diver must achieve the qualifying standard score at 2 sanctioned meets - BC has three meets per year which are qualifiers.
Nina and Sam are both B age divers (14-15) and will be competing at the Speedo Jr Elite National Championships to be held July 12-14th in Thurder Bay Ontario. Nina has qualified to compete on both the 1m and 3m springboards and Sam has qualified to compete on the 3m springboard and the platform tower.
Nick, a C age diver (12-13), is qualified to compete at the Speedo Jr Development National Championship to be held in Calgary Alberta August 3-4th. Nick is qualifies on both the 1m and 3m springboards as well as the platform tower.
This will be Nina's second trip to Nationals, third time for Sam and fourth time for Nick. All three divers are excited to represent iDive at Nationals later this year. Stay tuned for more iDive results as our divers continue to strive for qualifying scores and congratulations Nina, Nick, Sam and Yan!
iDive's home pool the Vancouver Aquatic Centre was buzzing as BC's top athletes, plus athletes from Washington and Oregon states, competed for Provincial titles at the 2013 BC Winter Provincial Championships. It was a busy weekend with four levels of competition held for Open (Dive Plongeon Canada or "DPC" senior divers), DPC Tier 1 (National), Novice Tier 1 (Provincial), and Tier 2.
Team iDive had divers competing in Tier 1 DPC (National) and DPC Open events. TIer 1 DPC saw Nina, Lilly, Sam, Nick and Alen all achieving Jr. national qualifying scores (the first of 2 scores required to qualify for 2013 Jr Nationls).
In addition, the following divers achieved medal finishes: Nick achieved 3 gold medals for C age (12-13 years) on 1m, 3m and platform crowing him as 2013 Winter Provincial C age men's champion; Sam achieved silver on B age platform and was double bronze medalist for 3m B age (14-15) and open platform; Nina was double bronze medalist on 1m and 3m B age; Alen was double bronze medalist for 1m and 3m D age (10-11). All the iDive athletes looked good for their first meet of the year! Congratulations to Yan and her competitive divers for a strong showing at the 2013 BC Winter Provincials!
Tier 1 DPC National:
Nina Lazar: 3rd 1m (333.6*), 3rd 3m (344.8*)
Sam Braun: 4th 1m (311.80*), 3rd 3m (344.85*), 2nd platform (276.15*)
Lilly Yi: 5th 1m (276.25), 5th 3m (307.75*)
Kaelyn Burgess: 7th 1m (258.35)
Nicholas Nepomuceno: 1st 1m (301.7*); 1st 3m (352.4*);1st platform (282.15*)
Alen Fazlagic: 3rd 1m (170.9); 3rd 3m (206.75*)
Open (DPC Seniors)
Nina Lazar 6th 1m (180.25), 5th 3m (199.5), 5th platform (209.3)
Lilly Yi 9th 1m (144.85), 9th 3m (112.6)
Kaelyn Burgess 11th 1m (136.7),
Sam Braun: 4th 1m (249.65); 5th 3m (242.2); 3rd platform (209.4)
Nicholas Nepomuceno: 7th 1m (183.2); 6th 3m (199.9); 4th Platform (202.4)
* denotes National qualifying score
Top athletes from iDive's competitive team were recognized by BC Diving at their awards banquet held in Vancouver on Feb 2, 2013. Based on competitive performance in the 2012 diving season BC's top divers and coaches were awarded top athlete, provincial team and provincial coach awards.
Team iDive achieved the following awards:
Top iDive female / male Tier 1 athletes: Kaelyn Burgess and Nicholas Nepomuceno
Top iDive female / male Tier 2 athletes: Lilly Yi and Nicolas Tsitos
Team Player (most inspirational): Alen Fazlagic
iDive Provincial Team Members: Nina Lazar, Kaelyn Burgess, Sam Braun, Nicholas Nepomuceno, Lilly Yi
Provincial Coach: Yan Yang
Congratulations to Yan and her divers for achieving these honors. A special congratulations to our BC Provincial Team divers who are among the top competitive divers in BC. Well done team iDive!
Our club divers were looking very good at the 2012 iDive Invitational dive meet held at Hillcrest Aquatic Centre on December 2, 2012. There were lots of parents, fans and friends out cheering
on these talented athletes as divers competed in Tier III age groups Open to F on the 1m and
3m springboards. For many divers this was their first ever dive meet and not only did they dive well but there were lots of smiles and fun on deck. Just fewer than 30 divers were in attendance including iDive athletes from Hillcrest, Watermania and Vancouver Aquatic Center.
Congratulations to all our divers who participated in this meet and especially those who earned medals.
Our Building Champions divers will be showing off their skills and competing for top spot in our Tier 3 invitational dive meet to be held December 2 at Hillcrest Aquatic Centre. Join us to cheer on these divers in age groups A to F while they compete on the 1m and 3m springboards. This meet is sure to be lots of fun and a great confidence building experience for our newer divers. We can't wait to see everyone at the iDive Invitational.
Starting this fall there will be new fun at Watermania Pool in Richmond and Hillcrest pool in Vancouver.
iDive Vancouver is adding a variety of learn to dive and recreational springboard and platform diving program for those wanting to learn new skills. Whether it's getting more comfortable in the water or perfecting your form iDive has a class for you.
Sunday at 10 am - 12 pm . will be learn to dive class for children ages 6 through 15 at Watermania in Richmond.
Live in Vancouver? Great, we have a class for you to! Tuesday 6 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. are learn to dive classes and Tuesday 4:30 p.m. or Saturday 10:30 a.m. is a more advanced learn to dive class which includes 30 minutes of dry land training before moving to the diving boards. The Tuesday / Saturday classes are at Hillcrest pool in Vancouver.
Want to mix and match your classes? That works well and with iDive you can select the classes which are right for you! Dive once to three times per week with iDive Vancouver's developmental program.
Build confidence, develop coordination and have a blast while learning new skills with iDive Vancouver at Watermania in Richmond or Hillcrest Pool in Vancouver, BC.
What a year of "firsts" for iDive Vancouver: first year as a club, first Nationals qualified divers, and first finalist finishes at Nationals! Divers Cristian Soper, Kaelyn Burges and Nick Nepomuceno had a blast, lots of "rips" and made Head Coach Yan proud at 2012 Jr. Nationals.
★ Cristian 10th in Canada on 3m D age (22nd on 1m)
★ Kaelyn 11th in Canada on 1m C age (19th on 3m)
★ Nick 15th in Canada on 3m C age (17th on platform and 20th on 1m)
Nick also represented iDive in the prestigious Jr. Nationals "rip" contest. This is the only event at Nationals where divers from all age groups, one from each club, compete against each other for the cleanest entry also called the best rip. Diving from the 7.5m tower Nick rose to the occasion to make the finals and place 4th overall - a stellar performance.
Kaelyn and Cristian's top 12 finish qualify them to compete at the international Camo Invitational meet held in Montreal in December and will also place both on the Provincial Level 2 team. Nick's 15th place finish puts him on the Provincial Level 3 team. Congratulations to all 3 iDivers for an excellent performance at the 2012 Jr. Nationals.
A big congratulations and thanks to iDive Head Coach Yan Yang and her partner coach Grant Brehaut for brining this young team to such National success! Your outstanding leadership and coaching skills have resulted in an amazing inaugural Nationals! Congratulations also go to Grant's National divers from White Rock: Maddy, Carolyn, Nina, Carlyn and Shay. Way to go team iDive!
The BC Summer Games are held every 2 years and divers in either C age (12 and 13) or B age (14 and 15) can compete for their Provincial Zone if they win a qualifying spot on their team. iDivers Lilly Yi, Nicolas Tsitos and Morgan Dear all won qualifying nominations, competed at the Games and one even brought home double silver!
On both the 1m and 3m springboards Lilly won the BC Summer Games silver medals - well done and congratulations Lilly!
Morgan was close behind in 6th place on both springboards - great teamwork iDive!
In the men's events Nicolas placed 5th on 1m - a fantastic finish.
Highlights from the games include the torch ceremony, billeting at the school, marching in the opening ceremonies, and of course meeting old friends and making new ones too. Congratulations to iDive Vancouver's 2012 BC Summer Games athletes.
Springboard and tower divers from iDive Vancouver have been busy qualifying to participate in the BC Summer Games and 2012 Canadian Junior this July. The BC Games will be held in Surrey BC (July 19-22nd) and the Canadian Jr. Nationals will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (July 18-22nd). To qualify to compete at Jr. Nationals a diver must achieve the minimum qualifying score at a minimum of 2 sanctioned dive meets during their season. At least one of these meets must be a Group 1 meet and BC has only one of these in the year (the Marc LePoole Speedo Sting held February 2012 in Victoria, BC). In order to compete at BC Summer Games a diver must qualify to represent their zone and this year’s qualifying meet, the Irene MacDonald/BC Games Trials, was held in Vancouver in June. The diver must qualify for each board they wish to compete on.
Heading to the 2012 Canadian Junior Nationals are Cristian Soper on the 1m and 3m springboards; Nicholas Nepomuceno on the 1m, 3m springboards plus platform tower; and Kaelyn Burgess on the 1m and 3m springboards. For Soper and Burgess this is their first trip to Nationals and for Nepomuceno this is his third trip to Nationals. Soper will compete in the 11 and under age group while Burges and Nepomuceno will compete in the 12 and 13 year age group.
The highlight of the regular competitive season for Burgess was winning the 1m and 3m springboard gold medals at the BC Provincial Championships in June and for Nepomuceno it was winning the silver medal on platform and bronze on 3m at the Western Canadian Championships last April in Regina. All three divers are excited to represent iDive Vancouver in its inaugural year at Canadian Jr. Nationals.
On the Zone 5 BC Games team, representing Vancouver-Squamish, are Nicholas Tsitos, Lilly Yi and Morgan Dear. Yi and Dear will compete on both the 1m and 3m springboards while Tsitos will compete on the 1m springboard. All three divers are in the 12 / 13 year age group. Yi is also qualified to compete at Canadian Jr. Nationals on the 1m springboard but has chosen to compete instead at the BC Games. Yi won the gold medal at the qualifying competition on both the 1m and 3m springboards.
Join us in wishing all our iDivers the best as they head off for a busy set of competitions later this month.
★ Kaelyn Burgess
Girls C age group
✩ Gold medal – 1 meter spring board with 288.20
✩ Gold medal – 3 meter spring board with 298.20
✩ 6th place - 1 meter spring board with 160.35
✩ 5th place – 3 meter spring board with 171.10
★ Lilly Yi
Girls C age group
✩ Silver medal – 1 meter spring board with 274.90
✩ Silver medal – 3 meter spring board with 256.60
✩ 7th place - 1 meter spring board with 153.50
✩ 6th place – 3 meter spring board with 153.35
★ Alen Fazlagic
Boys E age group
✩ Silver medal – 3 meter spring board with 223.25
✩ 4th place – 1 meter spring board with 222.30
★ Nicholas Nepomuceno
Boys C age group
✩ Bronze medal – Platform with 250.65
✩ 4th place – 1 meter spring board with 253.45
✩ 4th place – 3 meter spring board with 273.05
★ Cristian Soper
Boys D age group
✩ 4th place – 1 meter spring board with 218.85
✩ 4th place – 3 meter spring board with 220.15
It was an outstanding start for our newly founded club. Congratulations to the following:
★ Lilly Yi
✩ Gold medal on C one meter, qualified the Standard of Junior Nationals.
✩ Silver medal on C three meter.
★ Kaelyn Burgess
✩ Silver medal on C one meter, qualified the Standard of Junior Nationals.
✩ Gold medal on C three meter, qualified the Standard of Junior Nationals.
★ Victoria MacFarlane
✩ Bronze medal on Tier II D three meter.
✩ 9th on D one meter
★ Morgan Dear
✩ Silver medal on Tier II C one meter.
★ Allen Fazlagic
✩ Silver medal on E one meter.
✩ Silver medal on E three meter.
★ Justin Kao
✩ Gold medal on Tier II C one meter.
★ Yan Yang
✩ Bronze medal on open three meter.