|Canada makes a splash on day 1 at UANA Junior Champs|
August 13, 2009
(Huntersville, NC): Canada dominated the competition with two first place ranks after day one of the 2009 UANA Pan American Junior Championships in Huntersville, North Carolina.
Chloe Isaac (Boucherville, Que.) earned a score of 89.66 points and clinched the top spot after a dynamic performance in the solo preliminary event, and Emilia Kopcik (Brossard, Que.) and Annabelle Frappier (Mont St. Hilaire, Que.) grabbed first position in the duet prelims with 86.833 points.
“It went extremely well today,” says Isaac, who recently earned a fourth place finish in solo at the 2009 World Aquatic Championships. “This event is special because it is my last Junior competition ‐ I’m already excited to do the figures tomorrow!”
Isaac was not alone at the top in the solo event; Kopcik turned in a stellar performance to take second place in solo (87.67). American Emily Dillon was tied for second, and Madison Crocker of the US was next in line with 86.34 points.
Canadians Rachel Kowalski (Kitchener, Ont.) and Rebecca Maule (Guelph, Ont.) swam a strong routine and earned the second highest score in the duet preliminary event (85.667 points). The American duo of Dillon and Crocker were third with 84.833.
“We were very proud of both Canadian duets today,” says Canadian National Junior Head Coach Jennifer Tregale. “It’s going to come down to who does the best figures to determine who will swim in the finals.”
All swimmers must compete in compulsory figures tomorrow morning, and the duets and solos will earn their spot in finals based on the combined score of the prelimaries (50%) and their figure scores (50%). Only one entry per country competes in the finals.
The team preliminaries were cancelled due to technical difficulties with the sound equipment. Due to this change in the schedule, the team results will be based upon each team’s combined figure results (50%) and the team final routine score (50%).