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(please note: in 2005, Dive Toronto was known as the Central Toronto Diving Club)

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3 New National Divers join our Team
We welcome 3 new divers to our National Competitive Team. Kathleen Chandler and Nicole Scott,  both formerly dove in Scarborough. Caroline Booth joins us from the Markham Diving Club.

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CTDC welcomes 3 new coaches
CTDC welcomes 3 new coaches. Mike Medved and former Olympic diver Mark Rourke are our new National Competitive Team coaches. Randy Sageman, another former Olympic diver, is our new Masters coach. 

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It's a Girl for CTDC coach Monika Berinde
CTDC's Junior Development and Masters coach Monika Berinde gave birth to baby girl on July 29th. Maya Sophie Berinde weighed in at 3.375 kg and 51.5 cm. Both mother and daughter are doing fine. Congratulations to Monika and her husband Michael.

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4 CTDC Divers compete at Junior Nationals
Four of our divers competed successfully at the Speedo Junior National Championships, held in Quebec City. Michael Blumer finished 15th in the Boys 1 Metre Prelims. Shane MacDonald finished 24th in both the Boys C 1 Metre and 3 Metre competitions. James Markes finished 9th in the Boys A 1 Metre Prelims, and 10th in the Finals. He also finished 11th in the Boys A 3 Metre Prelims, and 9th in the Finals. Finally, Rachelle Zuccaro finished 29th in the Girls B 1 Metre Prelims.

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Seven Top 3 Scores at Tier I Provincials
All 5 of CTDC's divers earned at least one Top 3 score at the Tier I Provincials, held in Nepean Ontario. Dan Marentic was 1st in the Men's Open 1 and 3 Metres. James Markes was 2nd in both the Boys A 1 and 3 Metres. Michael Blumer was 3rd in the Boys B 1 Metre, Shane MacDonald was 3rd in the Boys C 1 Metre, and finally Rachelle Zuccaro was 3rd in the Girls B 3 Metre.

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All CTDC Divers earn Top 3 Scores at Tier II Provincials
All of CTDC's divers finished in the Top 3, in every event they competed in, at the Tier II Provincials held at our home pool in Toronto. Scoring 1st Place finishes were: Nicholas Apostolou (Boys C 1 & 3 Metres), Alex Chan (Boys D 1 Metre), Jessica Chan (Girls D 1 Metre), Caroline Spaner (Girls B 3 Metre), and Yasmin Virani (Girls D 1 & 3 Metres). Scoring 2nd Place finishes were Michael Apostolou (Boys D 1 & 3 Metres), Siobhan Holladay (Girls A 1 & 3 Metres), Neil Mierins (Boys C 1 & 3 Metres), Caroline Spaner (Girls B 1 Metre), and Katherine Welsh (Girls D 1 Metre). Finally, coming in 3rd Place were: James Hunter (Boys C 1 Metre), and Angie King (Girls A 1 Metre).
Qualifying for the Tier I Provincials by score were: Nicholas Apostolou (1 & 3 Metre), Alex Chan (1 Metre), Siobhan Holladay (1 Metre), Neil Mierins (1 Metre), Caroline Spaner (3 Metre), and Yasmin Virani (1 & 3 Metre).

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Dan Marentic dives at Summer Senior Nationals
Dan Marentic competed at the Summer Senior National Championships, in London Ontario. Dan finished 13th in the 1 Metre Preliminaries. He finished 16th in the 3 Metre Preliminaries, and 17th in the Semi-Finals.

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18 Qualifying Scores at John Dickinson Invitational
All 9 of our competitive divers achieved qualifying scores at the John Dickinson Invitational in Etobicoke. Daniel Marentic qualified for both the Senior Nationals, and Tier I Provincials, in the 1 Metre and 3 Metre Competitions. Qualifying for both the Junior Nationals and Tier I Provincials were: Michael Blumer (1 Metre), Hamish Kippen (1 & 3 Meter), Shane MacDonald (3 Metre), James Markes (3 Metre), and Rachelle Zuccaro (1 Metre).  Qualifying for the Tier I Provincials were: Shane MacDonald (1 Metre), James Markes (1 Metre), Jade Poole (1 & 3 Metre), Jami Poole (1 Metre), Gabrielle Smith (1 Metre), and Rachelle Zuccaro (3 Metre).
Hamish came in 1
st Place in both of his events.
In addition 2 of our Master Divers had 4 Top 3 finishes. Josephine Chen came in 2
nd in both the 1 Metre and 3 Metre. Joel Madden came in 1st in the 1 Metre, and 2nd in the 3 Metre.

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5 Top Three Scores highlight Atlantic Championships
CTDC had 5 Top Three scores at the Atlantic Diving Championships in Halifax. Michael Blumer was 2nd in the Boys B 1 Metre, and 3rd in the Men's Open 1 Metre. James Markes was 3rd in the Boys A 1 Metre, and 2nd in both the Boys A and Men's Open 3 Metre.

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All CTDC Divers reach Qualifying Scores at Forest City.
All 8 CTDC divers who competed at the Forest City Invitational in London Ontario, reached qualifying scores. In addition our divers had 6 top 3 finishes. Qualifying for both the Junior Nationals and Tier I Provincials were: Michael Blumer (1 Metre), Shane MacDonald (1 & 3 Metre), James Markes (3 Metre), and Rachelle Zuccaro (1 & 3 Metre). Qualifying for the Tier I Provincials were: Daniel Marentic (1 Metre), James Markes (1 Metre), Jade Poole (1 Metre), Jami Poole (1 Metre), and Gabrielle Smith (1 Metre). Finally Daniel Marentic qualified for the both the Senior Nationals and Tier I Provincials in the 3 Metre competition.
Our top 3 finishers were: Shane MacDonald (3
rd in 1 Metre, 3rd in 3 Metre), Daniel Marentic (2nd in 1 Metre, 1st in 3 Metre), and James Markes (3rd in 1 Metre, 3rd in 3 Metre).

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Daniel Marentic dives at Winter Senior Nationals
CTDC's Daniel Marentic successfully competed at the Winter Senior National Championships, in Quebec City. Dan finished 13th in the 3 Metre Preliminaries, and 14th in the Semi-Finals.

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Successful Spring Break Invitational
CTDC had a very successful Spring Break Invitational meet with 8 top 3 finishes. Michael Apostolou qualified for the Tier I Provincials in the Boys D 1 Metre, finishing first. He also finished first in the 3 Metre event. Nicholas Apostolou also finished first in the Boys C 1 Metre and 3 Metre events. Neil Mierins finished second in both of those events. Yasmin Virani and Katherine Welsh finished first and third in the Girls D 1 Metre events.

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CTDC has 7 Top Threes at Capital City Invitational
7 CTDC divers finished with Top Three placings at the initial Capital City Invitational. Michael Apostolou finished First in the Boys D 1 Metre and 3 Metre events. His brother Nicholas Apostolou finished First in the Boys C 1 Metre and 3 Metre events. In the Girls A 3 Metre event, Siobhan Holladay finished First, Jade Poole finished Second, and Jami Poole finished Third.

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CTDC Divers Qualify for Nationals at Quebec Provincials
3 CTDC divers qualified for the National Championships at the Quebec Provincials Diving Meet. Michael Blumer qualified for the Junior Nationals in the Boy B 1 Metre event. Shane MacDonald qualified for the Junior Nationals in the Boys C 1 Metre event. Finally, Dan Marentic qualified for the Senior Nationals in the Men's Open 1 Metre event.

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CTDC Divers Honoured at Snowball Classic
CTDC's Michael Apostolou, Yasmin Virani, and Nicholas Apostolou were all honoured at the 2005 Snowball Classic. Michael was named Most Improved Diver. Yasmin and Nicholas were both named Most Outstanding Diver for girls and boys respectively. In addition 6 CTDC divers qualified for the Tier I Provincial Championships in the 1 Metre event: Nicholas Apostolou, Michael Blumer, Siobhan Holladay, Hamish Kippen, Shane MacDonald, and Jami Poole.

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Divers Qualify for Provincials & Junior Nationals at Nepean Invitational
CTDC's Shane MacDonald and James Markes qualified for the Tier I Provincials at the Nepean Ottawa Invitational. Shane qualified in the 1 Metre and James in the 1 Metre and 3 Metre events. Both divers also got their first qualifying scores for the Junior Nationals.

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Hamish Kippen competes at the FINA World Junior Championships
CTDC's Hamish Kippen competed at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships, held in Belem-Para Brazil, October 26 -30, 2004. Hamish finished 22nd in the Boys A 1 Metre Preliminaries, and 23rd in the Boys A 3 Metre Preliminaries.

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