|Golden day for Jacqueline Simoneau and Caroline Larcher Landry at Synchro Canada’s 2010 Espoir...|
Montréal Synchro Club swimmers Jacqueline Simoneau of Montreal and Caroline Larcher Landry of Gatineau, Que., enjoyed a golden day on Saturday at Synchro Canada’s 2010 Espoir Nationals.
In Tier 6 (15 and under) division, the 13-year-old Simoneau took the titles in solo, duet with Anne-Marie Chouinard of Montreal (Montréal Synchro) and the team crown with her club.
In solo, Simoneau maintained her lead over her clubmate to win the gold medal with 79.031 points. Chouinard took the silver at 76.341 and Mathilde Sauvé of Quebec City (Synchro Élite) was third at 75.064.
"It wasn’t as good as in preliminaries but it’s great to see all the hard work pay off in the end,’’ said Simoneau. ‘’I don’t think it was fatigue that affected me but it was more that I felt I didn’t warm-up enough before the start of my routine.’’
In duet, Simoneau and Chouinard (77.811 points) finished ahead of Caroline Marshall and Claire McGovern of Toronto (Granite Synchro) in second at 73.669 and Jordan McKenzie and Kali Wong of the Calgary Aquabelles in third at 72.913.
"We really performed well after a difficult week of training," said Chouinard. "We were really stressed about the meet in training. Once the competition started we really supported each other. It’s great to see what we can do when we work it out together."
Simoneau and Chouinard celebrated again after the team final as Montréal Synchro took the gold with 75.308. Calgary Aquabelles moved to second at 73.850 and Synchro Élite was third at 73.100.
"We were ranked second heading in and we had a lot of new girls this year on the team," said Chouinard. "But we improved quickly and our goal coming into these championships was to get the gold."
In Tier 6 (16 and over) Larcher Landry (Montréal Synchro) was a double champion taking the solo title and duet crown with Sophie Legault of Cumberland, Ont., (Montréal Synchro).
In solo, Larcher Landry delivered another strong performance in Saturday’s final to win the gold medal with 72.029. Legault was second at 70.608 and Marie Boutin of St-Bruno, Que., (Club Aquatique Édouard-Montpetit)was in third at 69.905.
"This was my last solo competition of the season and I wanted to give it everything I had," said Larcher Landry. "I was very pleased with how it turned out. My expression was very good and I showed I could really feel the music. Also I kept my energy level high from start."
In duet, Larcher Landry and Legault remained first after Saturday’s final with 71.652. Gabrielle D’Amour of Montreal and Geneviève Léveillé of St-Bruno (Club Aquatique Édouard-Montpetit) were second at 69.061 and Marie-Claude Martin and Alexia Soudin both of St-Bruno (Vestales Élite Rive-Sud) took the bronze.
"We really connected well today," said Legault. "This was a new program for us and the biggest challenge was maintaining the synchronization movements. I think we were starting to feel a bit tired after a long and busy week but we pushed through it."
In the team competition, Vestales Élite Rive-Sud were first, Club aquatique Édouard-Montpetit second and Synchro Les Dauphines third.
The four-day competition, which will also feature an aquatic show by Canadian national team athletes on Saturday evening, has attracted 428 competitors from nine provinces as well as the Yukon.
Competition ends Sunday.
Full results available at: www.synchro.ca
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