On men’s three-metre Imbeau-Dulac was first with 922.95 points to beat out 2008 Olympic team member Reuben Ross of Regina second at 902.70. Ross already had a nomination locked up on men’s three-metre synchro with Alexandre Despatie of Laval, Que. Despatie had also clinched the first qualifying spot on individual three-metre.
On Saturday, Émilie Heymans of St-Lambert, Que., and Riley McCormick of Victoria each earned an Olympic nomination in the women’s three-metre and men’s 10-metre respectively on Saturday at the Games trials in diving.
On women’s three-metre, Heymans tabulated 685.35 points for the preliminaries and final for the victory. ‘’My goal was to duplicate what I had been doing in training. I knew I had put in the work to do well at this event. I think my experience paid off today. The other divers had more trouble with that Olympic spot on the line,’’ Heymans said.
Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., the world championship bronze medallist, had already locked up the first springboard spot.
Heymans now has two events for London. She will also dive with Abel on three-metre synchro. The pair won silver at the worlds last year the FINA World Cup this past February.
On men’s tower, McCormick scored four perfect 10’s on his reverse dive in the fifth round to win the competition and earned the Olympic spot with 979.80 points. Eric Sehn of Edmonton was second at 863.65 . Diving Canada will find out in June if a second spot on men’s tower will become available. If so, Sehn would get the spot.
Canada qualified in seven of eight Olympic events in diving this year.
Canada brings home three medals - silvers in the women's eight and men's pair, and bronze in the men's eight - from the Samsung World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland Sunday.
As promised, the women's eight race was competitive to the end, with Canada and the U.S. in a photo finish. The Americans edged out Canada only by .03 of a second to win gold in a time of 5:59.26 (2000m). Canada's silver-medal winning time was 5:59.29, and the Netherlands took bronze in 6:03.20.
The eight rowing here is Lesley Thompson-Willie (London, ON), Darcy Marquardt (Richmond, BC), Ashley Brzozowicz (London, ON), Lauren Wilkinson (North Vancouver, BC), Andreanne Morin (Montreal, QC), Rachelle Viinberg (Regina, SK), Krista Guloien (Port Moody, BC), Cristy Nurse (Georgetown, ON) and Natalie Mastracci (Thorold, ON).
“It was a good race, but we would have liked to have had a different result,” said Darcy Marquardt. “This definitely fuels the fires for London.”
Earlier today, Scott Frandsen (Kelowna, BC) and David Calder (Victoria, BC) got back on the podium, this time as 2012 World Cup silver medalists in the men's pair.
“Our training and hard work has proved that you can teach an old dog new tricks,” said three-time Olympian, Dave Calder. “We’re pretty pumped and have got the countdown to London in our heads right now.”
Favourites New Zealand won in 6:24.04, overtaking Canada - Beijing silver medalists - who led for half of the race and finished in 6:26.77. Greece finished with a bronze medal in 6:30.04; and Germany (6:30.79), Great Britain (6:31.60) and Italy (6:35.86) rounded out the field.
The men’s eight had big hopes today after setting a world’s best time in the heat on Friday. They had a decent final, but finished in third to take a bronze.
“Both Germany and Great Britain got out to a bit of a quick start on us, and not that that is surprising because we know they are quick starters and so are we, but they got up on us,” said experienced coxswain, Brian Price. “It made it a little harder on ourselves from the 500 to 1500 (metres). When you don't win, you start to pick things apart - I think it's good for us to get back to Victoria and get back to our training and focus on the Olympics.”
Germany’s time was 5:27.47, Great Britain finished in 5:28.64 and Canada crossed the 2000-metre mark in 5:29,62.
This Canadian crew is coxswain Brian Price (Belleville, ON), Will Crothers (Kingston, ON), Jeremiah Brown (Cobourg, ON), Andrew Byrnes (Toronto, ON), Malcolm Howard (Victoria, BC), Conlin McCabe (Brockville, ON), Rob Gibson (Kingston, ON), Doug Csima (Oakville, ON) and Gabe Bergen (100 Mile House, BC).