HATTIE & SCHMIDT WIN BRONZE IN GERMANY
April 26, 2013 DRESDEN, Germany – Courtney Hattie and Emily Schmidt of Victoria won the bronze medal in the open women’s three-metre synchro event on Friday at the International Youth Diving Meet.
It was Canada’s second bronze at the age group competition which features many of the top junior divers in the world.
Christina Wassen and Elena Wassen of Germany took the three-metre synchro gold with 281.07 points, their compatriots Friederike Freyer and Tina Punzel were second at 264.27 and Hattie and Schmidt, competing together for the first time, scored 254.52.
“We had a lot of fun and we won the medal as a team,” said Hattie, two years older than her partner. “All our dives were quite consistent.”
The pair faced some challenges trying to prepare for this competition.
“We’ve only been practicing for two weeks and it’s been a lot of work to make sure we have the same movements from the arm swings on take-offs to the synchronization and landings,” said Schmidt. “We hope this is the start of something new.”
Earlier in the day Schmidt placed 8th in the Girls 14-15 platform event, following a seventh place finish the day before on the 1 metre. Hattie also placed 7th in the Girls 16-18 platform event on Thursday.