February 28, 2013
Canadian Winter Nationals: Injury, school commitments added to Imbeau-Dulac’s load in 2013
WINNIPEG – Diver François Imbeau-Dulac made giant strides forward last year highlighted by earning a berth on the Olympic team. However those achievements did not come without a cost for the 22-year-old St-Lazare, Que., resident who leads the men’s three-metre springboard event after Thursday’s preliminaries at the Winter Nationals diving competition.
Imbeau-Dulac is competing this week despite a nagging back injury while out of the pool he is catching up on his school credits after focusing solely on diving in 2012. He is planning to eventually go into medicine school.
‘’The back problem has developed over the years,’’ said Imbeau-Dulac. ‘’So far it has prevented me from learning new dives for this season but hopefully through treatment I will be able to eventually add a new dive or two to my list.’’
Imbeau-Dulac’s big goal this year is to compete at the FINA World Aquatic Championships this July in Barcelona. In London last summer he was 13th at the Olympic Games missing a berth in the final by one spot. He hopes to improve on that at worlds.
In Thursday’s prelims, Imbeau-Dulac accumulated 419.20 points. Cody Yano of Edmonton is second at 384.90 and Nicholas Beaupré of Montreal third at 356.50. The top-12 advanced to Saturday’s semifinal.
‘’It was a tough morning,’’ said Imbeau-Dulac, fifth this past weekend at a Grand Prix in Germany. ‘’I’m not satisfied with my performance.’’
Meanwhile a tight battle is brewing on women’s 10-metre after preliminaries. Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., stands first at 336.00, Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal second at 334.65 and Carol-Anne Ware of Beloeil, Que., is third at 311.70.
‘’This is my first competition since the Olympics so I just wanted to get comfortable out there,’’ said Filion, who won Olympic bronze with Benfeito in the 10-metre synchro event in London. ‘’There have been a lot of changes this year and I wanted to go out there and show what I’ve been working on.’’
Competition continues through to Sunday at the Pan Am Pool.
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