TORONTO, Ont. – Rising junior Tyler Roberge along with incoming freshman Aidan Faminoff both won bronze at the 2016 Canadian Summer Nationals and Olympic Trials, which took place at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre on June 10-11.
“I think it was a successful meet,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “I thought that all four of our athletes represented themselves and FSU very well. They took home some hardware and achieved a few FINA standards for Grand Prix. This team has a lot going on for this upcoming season.”
Roberge grabbed third in 3-meter with a score of 391.25 after qualifying for finals in sixth place with a mark of 350.65.
“I’m so excited to be walking away with bronze,” Roberge said. “I owe it to my teammates and coaches back at FSU. I set myself up really well in prelims; not missing any dives, but leaving room for improvement. In finals, I switched into auto-pilot and my head was in the right place.”
During finals, Roberge scored each of his six dives in the 60-point range, producing his highest total of 67.50 on his first and third dives.
“As any athlete knows the road to success isn’t always smooth,” Roberge said. “I had to dig deep both physically and mentally and I am honored to once again represent my country.”
He will represent Canada on the FINA Grand Prix circuit at either Bolzano (Italy), Kuching (Malaysia) or Gold Coast (Australia) later this year.
Faminoff grabbed his bronze in the men’s 10-meter platform, scoring a total of 358.95 after earning the second-seed in the final with a total of 358.35.
“I just focused on one dive at a time and landing on my head and ripping,” Faminoff said. “Consistency is key with this sport and it was surreal to place in the top three and receive my first senior national medal. Leaving with a medal boosts my confidence and I am very grateful that my last competition in Canada ended with success. I can’t wait to be down in Florida and represent the Seminoles.”
In addition to Roberge and Faminoff, rising senior Dylan Grisell placed fourth on 10-meter with a tally of 350.95, while incoming freshman Molly Carlson grabbed fifth place on women’s 3-meter with a FINA Grand Prix qualifying score of 287.30 after five dives.
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