Tarrin Gilliland wins gold as Team USA picks up four medals on opening day of Junior Pan Ams

TUCSON, Ariz. – Team USA opened up the 2013 UANA Junior Pan American Diving Championships with four medals – one gold, two silver and one bronze – on Thursday, the first of four days of competition at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.

Tarrin Gilliland (Liberty Hill, Texas) gave the U.S. its first gold of the championships with a victory on 3-meter in girls group D (11 and under). The U.S. won a pair of silver medals in the platform events, with hometown favorite Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) finishing second in girls group B (14-15) and Noah Duperre (New Albany, Ohio) taking second in boys group C (12-13). Grayson Campbell (Vienna, Va.) rounded out the USA medalists with a bronze medal on 1-meter in boys group B (14-15).

Mexico won four of the six gold medals awarded on day one, with Canada also picking up a gold.

Gilliland, diving in her first international competition, scored 255.45 to edge Mexico’s Aranxa Vazquez for the gold in the 11-and under 3-meter contest. Vazquez finished with 249.85 points for the silver, and Canada’s Erin Field took bronze with 230.05 points.

Schnell, who also won silver at the 2011Junior Pan Ams, scored 341.20 points to win silver in 14-15 girls platform in front of her hometown fans. Mexico’s Samanta Jimenez took the gold at 360.65, and her teammate Alejandra Estrella scored 339.75 for the bronze. USA’s Nikki Watters (New Albany, Ohio) finished fifth.

Duperre made his international debut with 316.65 points for a silver medal on platform in the 12-13 boys age group. Canada’s Alexandre Corriveau won the gold with 324.95 points, with Mexico’s Abraham Bermeo taking bronze at 310.95. USA’s Max Flory (Fairfax, Va.) was eighth.

Campbell repeated as Junior Pan Am 1-meter bronze medalist, having also finished third in 2011. This time, he scored 396.80 to finish behind Mexico’s Juan Celaya (447.60) and Canada’s Peter Thach Mai (407.95) in the 14-15 boys age group. Jordan Windle (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Indianapolis, Ind.) finished fifth for Team USA.

Mexico went 1-2 in the boys group A (16-18) 3-meter contest, with Andres Villarreal scoring 542.80 for gold and Rodrigo Diego taking silver at 536.80. Venezuela’s Jesus Liranzo won bronze at 526.90. USA’s Christopher Law (San Antonio, Texas) and Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind.) were seventh and eighth.

Dolores Hernandez of Mexico won the girls group A (16-18) 1-meter gold at 408.10 points, with Canada’s Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu (376.90) and Frederique Lalonde (369.40) taking silver and bronze. Estee Pryor (New Albany, Ohio) was seventh for Team USA.

Friday’s competition features girls group B 1-meter, boys group D 3-meter, girls group C platform, boys group A 1-meter, girls group A 3-meter and boys group B platform.

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