BENDIGO'S Bree Mellberg went on a bronze medal-winning blitz at her first Australian Age Group Diving Championships in Adelaide.
By the end of the championships, Bree was ranked No. 2 in Australia for the 16-18 age group.
Bree was in superb form in Adelaide as she won bronze in the 1 m springboard, 3 m springboard, and synchro.
The talented youngster was fourth on platform.
The success that Bree and Kangaroo Flat's Jory McDowell achieved at the titles capped many hours of training at the Bendigo Aquatic Centre, and also at Ringwood, when possible.
Their coach, Heather Tyter was rapt with their performances.
'‘For Bree to be the second top diver in her age group in Australia is a remarkable effort,'' Tyter said.
Bree celebrated her 16th birthday just days before the diving championships began and this is the first of three years in the 16-18 age group.
A field of 36 pairs competed in the synchro events.
‘‘The difference between first and third was just two points,'' said Tyter.
‘‘Bree dived with Amy Bradshaw, winner on all three boards at the competition.
‘‘Their synchro points were extremely high, featuring a few eights, and their technical scores were excellent.''Bree's highest scoring dive at the championships was a backward 2sfr1/2 somersault on the 3 m, which is her newest dive.
Jory McDowell did not medal, but gained plenty of experience against hot competition.
He was ninth in the 3 m final, and 10th in the 1 m final and moved up the Victorian rankings.
‘‘Jory performed some new dives and believes he has improved considerably since the Victorian championships which is where he qualified for the national age group diving titles,'' Tyter said.
A Year 11 student at Bendigo Senior Secondary College, Bree will head to Melbourne tomorrow to compete in the VSSSA state diving finals.
Jory, a student at Kangaroo Flat Secondary College, will also compete.
If successful, they will be invited to a trial to select a Victorian school team to compete at the national school diving championships in June in Sydney.