AMSTERDAM – Canadian junior divers earned victories in five on seven finals on Saturday including medal sweeps in two events at the Dutch Open. Hailey Casper of Calgary earned two gold leading Canada to a medal sweep in the women’s three-metre open with Jo-Annie Dubois of Gatineau, Que., second and Morgan Weller of Vancouver third. Michelle Piper-Kulak of Edmonton was fifth and Myriam Selmani of Laval, Que., sixth.
In the women’s 16-18 age group, Casper prevailed again with Dubois fourth, Weller eighth, Laurence Vallée of Longueuil, Que., 12th and Selmani 14th.
Sam Valentine of Saskatoon led Canada to another medal sweep in the boys 14-15 platform event. Dylan Grisell of Toronto was second and Vincent Riendeau of Pointe-Claire, Que., third.
‘’It was a quite an experience to accomplish this in front of all these countries,’’ said Valentine, 15. ‘’I was happy with my performance and the judging was hard. I was most happy with my three and half pike. It was giving me trouble in practice all week but I was able to lay it down today.’’
Shane Miszkiel of Victoria added a victory in the men’s 16-18 one-metre with Cole Miller of Regina fourth. Miszkiel was also third in the open men’s one-metre. Canada’s fifth gold on the day was earned by Vallée in the women’s 16-18 platform with Carey Chen of Vancouver adding a bronze. Piper-Kulak was third in girls 14-15 one-metre with Courtney Hattie of Victoria seventh and Monica Gavaris of Montreal 12th.