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Mission Viejo Nadadores diver claims gold in FINA Junior World Championships

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Mission Viejo Nadadores diver Anna Lemkin is a world champion after winning gold Wednesday at the FINA Junior World Championships in Montreal, Canada.  

Lemkin, 15, began the finals in second place but proved to be the most consistent diver with a final of 344.75, which bettered her prelims score by 21 points. At the end of the 14-15 girls 3-meter springboard competition, Lemkin stood atop the podium in her USA Diving warmups. 

“We are so proud of Anna,” said Nadadores Head Coach John Appleman, who was also named Head Coach of the USA Diving world team. “She fought for that gold and was solid in a great contest. She’s a wonderful representative for both USA Diving and the Mission Viejo Nadadores.  

The last Nadadores diver to win a Junior World title was Erica Sorgi in 1997. Along with taking home the gold medal on Wednesday, Lemkin won a bronze medal on the 10-meter platform earlier in the week.  

For more information about the Mission Viejo Nadadores, visit missionviejonadadores.org


Submitted by Kevin W Smith … on Thu, 12/01/2022 - 11:20 pm


Way to go Anna!!! A great representative for our city, county, state, and country. I know how much hard work, practice, and daily sacrifice it takes to be a champion. A wonderful accomplishment for you now and your future memories.

Kevin W Smith, REALTOR

Submitted by Brian Goodell on Fri, 12/02/2022 - 8:51 am


Congratulations to Anna Lemkin on your outstanding performance a the FINA Junior World Diving Championships. We are all very proud of you and how you represented Mission Viejo to the world community! Montreal will always be special to us both!

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