|Claudia Holzner wins junior solo event at 2011 Canadian Open Championships|
Calgary, May 1, 2011 – Claudia Holzner of the Calgary Aquabelles capped a great week for herself and her club on Sunday as she won the gold medal in the junior solo competition to conclude 2011 Canadian Open Championships synchronized swimming competition.
Holzner won a close battle for the gold earning 80.454 points. Sarah Brunin-Brouillette of Montreal Synchro was second at 79.599 and Gabriella Brisson of the Calgary Aquabelles third at 79.562.
‘’I was really surprised to get the gold,’’ said Holzner, 17. ‘’Sarah delivered an awesome swim that I thought would be very hard to beat. I think the judges noticed the improvements I made from the preliminaries. I think I gained a new confidence this week that I know I can be the best.’’
Aquabelles coach Jenn Tregale was delighted with her squad’s performances. The Aquabelles swept gold in all the junior events.
‘’It was a great week and I knew they could do it,’’ said Tregale. ‘’It was a lot of hard work and dedication to the program.’’
Tregale is also the head coach of Canada’s national junior team. The top-25 in figures this week advanced to a second trial from which 16 will be selected to attend a selection camp.
‘’We saw this week that it is going to be a close competition for those spots,’’ said Tregale.
The Aquabelles added another victory in the senior duet final with Madison Allen and Braley Traub placing first. Janelle Ball and Rachel Fréchette of Dollard Synchro in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., were second and Meaghan Hipkin and Samara Hipkin of Aurora Synchro third.
In the 16-18 duet final, Amy Tucker and Shauna Tucker of Killarney Synchro in Calgary won the gold medal with Lisa Dahlke and Maggie Jensen, also of Killarney Synchro, second and Olivia Amaral and Emily Quinn of London Synchro third.
Here are the awards for this week’s championships:
Best junior athlete: Claudia Holzner (Calgary Aquabelles)
Charlotte Tutte-Eyres Memorial Trophy (given in memory of a coach who believed in developing team spirit and enhancing the growth of athletes as individuals and competitors): Chantal Vallières (Synchro Élite)
The Suzanne Eon Trophy (given in the name of the long time coach and innovator. It is awarded to a coach to reward and encourage this person to continue coaching: Jennifer DeFoy (Dollard Synchro)
Here are the age group aggregates for the figures and solo events:
15-figures: Jacqueline Simoneau (Montréal Synchro)
16-figures: Natasha Bernier (Synchro Élite)
16-solo: Natasha Bernier (Synchro Élite)
17-figures: Claudia Holzner (Calgary Aquabelles)
17-solo: Claudia Holzner (Calgary Aquabelles)
18-figures: Haley Ricci (Dollard Synchro)
18-solo: Marie-Claude Hébert (Synchro Élite)
This week’s competition, which ended Sunday at the Talisman Centre, attracted 330 synchronized swimmers from all 41 synchronized swimming clubs in Canada.
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