Published on: July 15, 2017 | Last Updated: July 15, 2017 6:12 PM EDT
Quebecers Meaghan Benfeito and Nathan Zsombor-Murray compete during the Mixed Diving 10m Synchro Platform Final on Daty 2 of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Budapest. Adam Pretty / Getty Images
Quebecers Meaghan Benfeito and Nathan Zsombor-Murray finished in fifth place in the 10 metre mixed synchronized diving event on Saturday at the FINA World Championships in Budapest.
Benfeito, from Laval, and Zsombor-Murray, from Pointe-Claire, earned a cumulative 307.80 for their five dives.
The 14-year-old Zsombor-Murray and the 28-year-old Benfeito began diving together recently and did not expect to place in the top five teams in the world.
“It’s really fun to be here. It was a great experience. I think we did well. There were a few dives that weren’t my best, but I’m happy to be here,” Zsombor-Murray said..
Quebec natives Pilippe Gagné and François Imbeau-Dulac finished in ninth in the three metre synchronized springboard category, thanks to a total of 390.06 points. There were ranked fourth after the preliminary competition that morning, with 404.43 points.
“Overall, we’re satisfied with our day. This morning, we scored really well for us. The final could have gone better. We made a couple of mistakes here and there, but I think we can be quite proud of our performances,” Gagné said.
Benfeito and Caeli McKay are up for the 10 metre synchronized event Sunday.A bittersweet fifth place for Simoneau
Synchronized swimmer Jacqueline Simoneau from St-Laurent placed fifth in the technical solo event.
The 20-year-old athlete gained 89.5000 points for her routine in the finals. Russian Svetlana Kolesnichenko triumphed with 95.2036, ahead of Spanish Ona Carbonell (93.6534). Ukrainian Anna Voloshyna completed the podium with her 91.9992 points.
Even though her fifth-place finish is better than her results at the last world championships, the swimmer isn’t completely satisfied with her performance.
“I didn’t truly perform in the finals as I had in the preliminaries, so I’m still disappointed. I know that I had more to give in me. It’s certainly disappointing to feel like this at the end of a competition,” she said. She placed sixth in the same event in 2015.
Before her next solo competition, Simoneau will be back in the pool twice on Sunday, in the morning for technical duet finals and in the afternoon for the technical team prelims.
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