Divers dig up gold and silver at B.C.s

The Trail Stingrays diving team made a series of very small splashes in the pool at provincials last week, which is great if you’re a diver.

The Trail Stingrays diving team made a series of very small splashes in the pool at provincials last week, which is great if you’re a diver.

Seven Stingrays divers headed to the BCSSA 53rd Provincial Championship in Richmond and out of 14 events, the diving team took home seven gold and seven silver plus three team trophies in the pool.

“The team dove exceptionally well,” said coach Joanna Lindardis of Fruitvale. “Our small team showed the most spirit and dedication of all.”

Emma MacLean of Montrose captured gold in the 13-14-age group on the 3-metre board and nailing her inward dive on the 1-metre to take silver.

Fruitvale’s Chris Tremblay captured silver on both the 1-m and 3-m springboards.

“He performed his most difficult dive, the forward one and one-half somersault for 6.5s,” said Linardis.

Montrose’s Paul MacLean and Rossland’s Joseph French pushed each other in the 15-16-age category to the top two podium finishes in each event. MacLean won two golds as he posted 8s in his required dives while French captured two silver with 7.5s.

Andrew Sibbald of Rossland also came home with two silver medals in the 8 and under.

Senior athletes and coaches Haley Harasemow and Linardis also competed with the age 20- and-over divers.

“Haley did a fantastic job this season helping with coaching and competed well in both her events, helping lead the team to a Senior Girls team trophy,” said Linardis.

Harasemow took two gold medals in the 1-m and 3-m events while Linardis also won double gold.

The team missed the overall team trophy by one medal placing or four points but they picked up the Senior Girls, Senior Boys and Junior Girls team trophies.