14-year-old Rylan Wiens led a strong showing by divers from Saskatoon at the Junior National Diving Championships in Winnipeg over the weekend.
Wiens got a standing ovation from spectators at the Pan Am Pool after scoring a perfect dive in the boys 14-15 platform event.
“Well I didn’t really look around that much, but my family says everyone was on their feet, no one was sitting down,” he told News Talk Radio by phone on Monday.
Wiens is the first Canadian to hit perfect 10’s in the National Championships, or anywhere else according to coach Mary Carroll.
“No diver has ever done that in Canadian diving. Junior, senior — ever. A Canadian diver has never gotten seven 10’s on a dive,” she said.
Teammate Jamie Spilchak also brought home a bronze medal in the boys 14-15 1-metre event.
Spilchak and Wiens went on to take silver in the 3-metre synchronized dive.
Saskatoon’s Jonah Cey also finished 7th in the boys 16-18 platform dive.
For the girls, Saskatoon’s Elizabeth DeCecco made the finals in both the 1 and 3-metre events, finishing 11th and 10th, respectively.
With his performance in Winnipeg, Wiens earned a spot at the World Championships, which are to be held in Russia later this year. Carroll said both she and Wiens will be taking a few weeks of holidays before they get back to the pool for training.