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Whirlwind Divers Of New Canaan Shine At East Region Meet

Members of Whirlwind Diving stand  with Olympic gold medalist, David Boudia.. From left are Timmy Luz, Anne Farley, Rachel Burston, David Boudia, Kylie Towbin, Sean Burston, Kirsten Parkinson, and Genevieve Angerame.
Members of Whirlwind Diving stand with Olympic gold medalist, David Boudia.. From left are Timmy Luz, Anne Farley, Rachel Burston, David Boudia, Kylie Towbin, Sean Burston, Kirsten Parkinson, and Genevieve Angerame. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The New Canaan YMCA Whirlwind Dive team finished sixth at the Junior East National championships at West Lafayette, Ind. There were 52 teams from 15 states and 271 divers in the meet.

Darien’s Piper Van Wagenen finished third on the platform event in the 11-and-under division. She also competed on the 1-meter (16th) and 3-meter (17th) boards.

New Canaan’s Claire Ross and Darien’s Anne Farley, Owen Stevens and Wiley Schmidt competed in the 12-13 age group. Farley competed in all three events, with her best finish coming with a ninth place on platform. She was 23rd on the 1-meter and 21st on the 3-meter. Ross came in 26th on the 1- and 3-meter boards. Stevens was sixth on the 1-meter, seventh on the 3-meter, and fifth on platform. Schmidt took seventh on 1-meter and eighth on 3-meter.

In the 14-15 age group, Stamford’s Rachel Burston was fourth on the 1-meter and ninth on the 3-meter. Genevieve Angerame was ninth on the 1-meter and eighth on the 3-meter, while Timothy Luz finished ninth on platform, 13th on 1-meter and 24th on 3-meter. Stamford’s Sean Burston and Kirsten Parkinson, New Canaan’s Kylie Towbin and Darien’s Jake Bowtell competed in the 16-18-year-old age group. Burston was sixth on the 3-meter and eighth on the 1-meter. Bowtell was 15th on the 3-meter.

Towbin was fourth on platform, seventh on the 3-meter and 26th on the 1-meter. Parkinson took 16th on the 3-meter and 23rd on the 1-meter.  The team travels to Fort Lauderdale for its next competition for the YMCA National Championships.

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