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Whirlwind Divers Capture First Place at Home Invitational

Whirlwind Divers Capture First Place at Home Invitational

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Congratulations to our Whirlwind Divers!  The New Canaan YMCA Whirlwind Diving Team captured the team first place prize at the annual Whirlwind Winter Weekend Invitational Diving Meet held at the New Canaan YMCA last weekend.

There were 214 registered divers competing for 18 teams at the meet. Whirlwind easily won in both the boys and the girls team competitions for a total combined score of 483.50 points.

Whirlwind Diving had individual double winners at both ends of the age range. Representing the 9-and-under boys, Whirlwind diver August Hibler took first place in both the 1-meter and the 3-meter events with personal bests in both events.

High school All-American diver Kirsten Parkinson  won the 1- and 3-meter boards in the 16-18 girls competition., also with a personal best score on 3M.

Other Whirlwind event winners included Timothy Luz (14-15 boys) on 1M, high school All-American Sean Burston (16-18 boys) on 3M, Allison Courtney (14-15 girls) on 3M, Hannah Craley (12-13 girls Novice) on 1M, and Gail Heaslip (Masters Gold) on 1M.

Shannon Rust (11U girls) placed 13th on 1M and 8th on 3M, Rachel Burston (16-18 girls) placed 6th on 1M, Vahram Tchakmakjian (9U boys) received bronze medals on both boards, Sawyer Neyer (9U boys) placed 6th on 1M and 4th on 3M, and Sean Burston (16-18boys) finished 6th on 1M.

Claire Ross (12-13G), Anne Farley and Katie Kushner (both in the 14-15G age group), Olivia Park (16-18G), George Moore (12-13B), and in the 16-18B group, Bobby Ross, Cameron Rhind and Griffon Edmonds. Claire Ross (12-13G) placed 2nd on 1M and 5th on 3M. Anne Farley (14-15G) placed 9th on 1M and 2nd on 3M. Katie Kushner (14-15G) 13th on 1M and 4th on 3M. Olivia Park (16-18G) came in 25th on 1M and 15th on 3M.

George Moore (12-13B) placed 11th on 1M and 10th on 3M, Bobby Ross (16-18B) placed 3rd on 1M, Cameron  Rhind (16-18B) finished 11th on 1M and 9th on 3M, and Griffon Edmonds (16-18B) placed 16th on 1M and 14th on 3M.

Divers Owen Stevens and Wiley Schmidt (both 14-15B) added to the medal count for the Whirlwind team. Owen and Wiley placed 2nd and 3rd in the 1M event and 3rd and 4th in the 3M competition, respectively.  Divers Kyla Pech (16-18G) finished 20th on 1M and 8th on 3M and and Kyle O’Donnell (16-18B)  finished 10th on 1M.

Annabelle Pollack (14-15G) and Caleigh Kupersmith (16-18G) contributed to the Whirlwind victory with Annabelle placing 4th on 1M and 5th on 3M, and Caleigh finishing in 14th place on 1M.

Congrats to all of our Whirlwind Divers, we are so proud to have you as a part of our Y family!

The Whirlwind divers are gearing up to compete at the USA Diving Region 1 Championship Meet on March 14-16.   To learn more about the Whirlwind Diving team at the New Canaan YMCA, click here or email Head Coach, Joe Somma.