Three medals for Carlson at nationals


Molly Carlson led the Thunder Bay Diving Club contingent at the 2010 Speedo Junior National Diving Championships at the Pan-Am Pool in Winnipeg over the weekend.
Carlson, who was born here but moved to Thunder Bay at a young age, earned two silver medals and one bronze, as well as retained her spot on the junior national team for the second-consecutive year.
The silvers came in the 1m event, where she earned 310.80 points, and the platform (296.60).
Carlson took bronze in the 3m event with 308.45 points.
This makes for a total of five national medals in three years for Carlson.
“This was a really intense competition and everyone was diving so well,” the 11-year-old said in a press release.
“I just had to relax and do the dives I knew I could.
“This was my best nationals yet, I got the best score of my life on one dive, 9.5 out of 10,” she enthused.
“It was cool.”
Club head coach Mike Lang was proud of Carlson, who broke two records at the provincial championships in Ottawa in May.
“She showed to the rest of Canada that you can move up in your age group and still improve on prior placings,” Lang said in a press release.
“I’m looking forward to working with her, with sights set on gold for next year.”
Carlson’s current status with the national team guarantees she will attend national training camps in Montreal next spring to get ready for the 2011 competitive season.
As well, Carlson is the top female national medallist from all age groups for Ontario, making her one of the lead candidates for a provincial funding card next season.