Island divers rank high in Victoria

A score of divers from the Bainbridge Island Diving Club traveled to Victoria, British Columbia to compete in the Winter Provincial Diving Championships last week.

  • Monday, February 22, 2016 12:48pm
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Members of the Bainbridge Island Diving Club gather for a group photo during their recent meet in Victoria

Members of the Bainbridge Island Diving Club gather for a group photo during their recent meet in Victoria

VICTORIA, British Columbia – A score of divers from the Bainbridge Island Diving Club traveled to Victoria, British Columbia to compete in the Winter Provincial Diving Championships last week.

Divers competed in traditional age group events and, although not eligible for the Canadian National Team, some divers entered the national qualifying events for the experience.

In the girls 12-13 age group, Morgan Dunscombe took sixth place on the 1-meter springboard with a score of 85.55.

She was followed by Mia Alpaugh who took fifth place on 1-meter with a score of 98.45, and went on to take seventh on the 3-meter with a score of 107.80. This was their first competition in a Junior Olympic caliber and first international meet.

Veteran Bryn Tiernan took fourth place on the 1-meter springboard with a score of 171.45, and took fifth on the 3-meter with a score of 176.30.

In the boys 12-13 age group, Brian Taylor placed third on the 3-meter with a score of 151.30, while teammate Henry Sauermann gave a blue ribbon performance, scoring 160.50 for a first-place finish, followed by a second place on the 1-meter with a score of 161.85.

Taylor also placed seventh in the qualifier event for 1-meter with a score of 121.90.

In the 16-18 girls 1-meter qualifying event, Cammy Rouser took seventh place with a score of 252.75, while teammate Zora Opalka placed sixth with a score of 331.35.

On the 3-meter board, Jackie Hellmers placed third with a 232.70, while Cammy Rouser took second with a 279.90 and Zora Opalka placed first with a 316.35.  Hellmers also won a gold medal in the 16-18 girls junior division 1-meter event with a 219.80.

In the woman’s open division, masters diver Theresa Raleigh came out of mothballs to place 12th on 3-meter with a score of 120.60. Opalka tried the open event and placed seventh with a score of 177.00. Raleigh came back for the 1-meter event and scored a 152.00 for a 13th-place finish.

BIDC will travel to Boise, Idaho next for an invitational meet as a warm up for the US Diving Junior Olympic Regional Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah in April.

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