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                                                                                                                                                                                                Kanata Kourier-Standard - FEBRUARY 17, 2011
            Bridlewood girls dominate at dive competition
                                                                                                                          BLAIR EDWARDS                  “They’re both excellent.
                                                                                                                     blair.edwards@metroland.com
                                                                                                                                                            Thamar, a veteran among
                                                                                                                                                         the young divers, is focused
                                                                                                                     Two Bridlewood girls start-         on learning more difficult
                                                                                                                   ed the diving year off with a         dives, which will only im-
                                                                                                                   bang, collecting four medals          prove her score at meets, said
                                                                                                                   at the Capitol City Dive Meet         her coach.
                                                                                                                   held at the Nepean Sportsplex            Morgan, who has only dived
                                                                                                                   last weekend.                         competitively for the past two
                                                                                                                     The Nepean Ottawa Diving            years, looks to have a bright
                                                                                                                   Club collected a total of 35          future in the sport, he added.
                                                                                                                   medals at the tournament.                “She’s already one of the top
                                                                                                                     Thamar Spitzer, 15, scored          in her age group in the prov-
                                                                                                                   a personal best in the three-         ince,” Henderson said.
                                                                                                                   metre dive, good enough for a            Morgan’s next competition
                                                                                                                   silver medal in the Tier 1 girls      is the Forest City Invitational
                                                                                                                   diving event, ages 16-17.             (Tier 1) scheduled to be held
                                                                                                                     “I’m extremely happy,” said         in London, Ont. From Feb. 25
                                                                                                                   the Grade 10 Bell High School         to 27.
                                                                                                                   student. “This year I hope to            The event is a qualifier for
                                                                                                                   qualify for the nationals.”           the upcoming Tier 1 national
                                                                                                                     Morgan Saker, 12, had a day         dive competitions to be held in
                                                                                                                   to remember in girls ages 12 to       Pointe Claire, Que. from July
                                                                                                                   13 Tier 1 competition on Feb.         7 to 10.
                                                                                                                   12-13, picking up a gold medal           Thamar and Morgan will
                                                                                                                   in the three-metre and a silver       also compete in the John Dick-
                                                                                                                   in the one-metre events.              enson Invitational, a national
                                                                                                                     Both girls have a shot of           Tier 1 diving qualifier in Eto-
                                                                                                                   competing in the nationals,           bicoke, Ont. from March 24-
                                                                                                                   said Fernando Henderson, the          27.
                                                                                                                   head coach of the Nepean Ot-             Both girls have already
                                                                                                                   tawa Diving Club.                     qualified for the provincial
                                                                                                                     “I think the performance            championship, which will be
                                                                                                 Submitted photo   for both girls was really             be held May 20-22 in Thunder
Bridlewood girls Morgan Saker and Thamar Spitzer took four medals in the Capitol City Dive Meet held at            very good,” said Henderson.           Bay, Ont.
the Nepean Sportsplex last weekend.




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