Quebecers Marleau, Heymans earn bronze at diving GP
Marie-Eve Marleau of Montreal and Emilie Heymans of Greenfield Park, Que., won the bronze medal in 10-metre synchro at the FINA Grand Prix diving competition on Saturday.
The team, winners at last week's Rome Grand Prix, finished with 302.34 points in Rostock, Germany.
Ruolin Chen and Xin Wang of China earned the gold medal with a 350.28 finish, scoring a perfect 10 on each of their first two dives. In second place was the German team of Christin Steuer and Annett Gamm, who finished with 316.44.
"We had some trouble with our dives, but our synchronization was on," said Heymans. "I think we lacked a bit of energy after a busy day yesterday [Friday]. But right now we're still in a preparation stage for the Pan Am Games and we want to see how we compete under pressure, and see what changes need to be made for the Games."
The Pan Am Games are significant for both teammates; whilecompeting against each other in the women's 10-metre tower team trials in April, Marleau took the gold with 714.95 points, while Heymans finished second at 713.65. Marleau and Heymans were also Pan Am champions in 2003, but hadn't competed together again until last weekend in Rome.
While pleased with her team's result, Marleau said she and Heymans still have some work to do before the Pan Ams.
"We are pretty satisfied," said Marleau. "We have a good list, we both can do strong dives and I'm sure well rested, we'll do very well. We need to keep practising and work on our rhythm so we can be as comfortable as possible with our dives."