|Emilia Kopcik tops junior figures event at 2010 Canadian Open Championships|
Charlottetown, April 30, 2010 – Emilia Kopcik of Surrey, B.C., won the junior figures competition on Friday at the 2010 Canadian Open Championships in synchronized swimming.
Kopcik (Centre of Excellence) won the gold medal with 76.649 points. Camille Thuot of Montreal (Montreal Synchro) followed at 75.387 and Rachel Fréchette of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., (Dollard Synchro) won the bronze medal with 74.868.
"There’s a couple of things you can always fix but overall it was a good solid performance," said Kopcik, 17. "The figures event is all about the technical stuff. You’re aiming for perfection and you always need to work on the little things to achieve that.’"
"I couldn’t have asked for a better performance in figures," said Thuot. "I was well prepared, my focus was good and I really executed my figures well."
"I hit three of my four figures so I’m really pleased," added Fréchette. "It’s a very physically demanding event and that’s always the big challenge."
The top-27 in figures earned a berth at the selection camp which follows the nationals to determine Synchro Canada’s 12-members 2010 National Junior Team for the 2010 FINA World Junior Championships August 11-15 in Indianapolis.
Other winners Friday were Alina Ryssina of Toronto (Granite Synchro) in Tier 6 (15 and under) figures while in senior competition, Elise Fagnan of Vancouver (Vancouver Pacific Wave) took the Tier 6 (16 and over) figures, Synchro Élite from Quebec City, QC, took the team technical final and Montreal Synchro won the combo team event.
In the junior team preliminaries, Montreal Synchro stands first, Toronto’s Granite Synchro is second and Dollard Synchro from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., third.
"We’ve gone through a lot of challenges to prepare our routine for the nationals since October so it’s really satisfying to be in first place right now," said Camille Bourgeois-Lessard. Montreal Synchro swam to a theme of angels and demons with four swimmers wearing devils horns and four others wearing halos.
More than 150 of Canada’s top synchronized swimmers in the Grade 6 and 7 categories are at the CARI Complex (550 University Avenue). It is the first national synchronized swimming competition to be held in the province since 1994.
Competition continues Saturday.
Friday’s results at the 2010 Canadian Open Championships in synchronized swimming in Charlottetown.
Full results at http://www.synchro.ca
Tier 7 figures: 1. Emilia Kopcik, Surrey, B.C. (Centre of Excellence); 76.649; 2. Camille Thuot, Montreal (Montreal Synchro), 75.387; 3. Maeliss Rioux, France, 74.868; 4. Rachel Fréchette, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que. (Dollard Synchro), 74.661; 5. Rachel Kowalski, Toronto (Granite Sycnhro), 74.535; 6. Annabelle Frappier, Mont-St-Hilaire, Que. (Montreal Synchro), 74.477; 7. Laura Auge, France, 74.120; 8. Gabrielle Cardinal, Gatineau, Que. (Centre of Excellence), 73.932; 9. Claudia Holzner, Calgary, (Calgary Aquabelles), 73.703; 10. Gabriella Brisson, Calgary (Calgary Aquabelles), 73.450.
Tier 7 team preliminaries: 1. Montreal Synchro, 77.781; 2. Granite Synchro, Toronto, 76.665; 3. Dollard Synchro, 74.834; 4. Calgary Aquabelles, 74.555; 5. Synchro Elite, 74.096; 6. Olympium Synchro, 72.066; 7. Durham Synchro, 71.968; 8. Vancouver Pacific Wave, 70.454; 9. Charlottetown Naiads, 63.042.
Team technical final: 1. Synchro Elite, 74.667; 2. Edmonton Auroras, 74.666.
Combo final: 1. Montreal Synchro, 84.833; 2. Calgary Aquabelles, 84.334; 3. (tie) Granite Synchro and PacificSport Aquasonics, 79.833; 5. Dollard Synchro, 79.666; 6. Vancouver Pacific Wave, 76.166; 7. Aquatics Synchro Club, 73.000.
Here are the 25 athletes qualified for the 2010 National Junior Team camp in Charlottetown, May 3-4:
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