|Calgary Aquabelles win junior team and combo titles at 2012 Canadian Open Championships|
VICTORIA – The Calgary Aquabelles won hard fought battles for the gold medal in both the junior team and combo competitions on Saturday night at the 2012 Canadian Open Championships in synchronized swimming.
In the team event, the Aquabelles placed first with 79.567 points followed by Montreal Synchro in second at 78.453 and Toronto’s Granite Synchro third at 75.412.
‘’This truly was a real battle between us and Montreal,’’ said Aquabelles coach Jenn Tregale. ‘’They really pushed us to be the best we could be. The whole team is very proud of this accomplishment.’’
In the team combination event, the Aquabelles emerged with the gold earning 85.200. Montreal Synchro was second at 84.316 and Granite Synchro third at 78.984.
‘’The team is very proud of the swim, there was lots of energy and passion,’’ said Tregale. ‘’The girls have been working really hard this year, so it's very rewarding to win the title.’’
In the 16-18 team final, the London Synchro Club took the gold at 68.617 with Club aquatique Edouard-Montpetit of Montreal second at 67.067 and Les Vestales of St-Hyacinthe, Que., third at 65.839.
In the senior team freestyle final, Waterloo Regional Synchro was first at 67.609 and Winnipeg Synchro second at 64.433.
Best overall artistic performance MAKE UP FOR EVER Awards
Best overall artistic performance MAKE UP FOR EVER Award were given to the top 13-15, 16-18, junior and senior team based only on the artistic marks during the final. All winning athletes and coaches also received products from MAKE UP FOR EVER. The winners were:
16-18 Team: London Synchro
Junior Team: Calgary Aquabelles
Senior Team: Waterloo Regional
The top-25 in the junior figures event on Thursday advanced to Phase 2, a second figures event on Saturday. Here is the top 16 from Phase 2 that advanced to the world junior team selection camp in June at the Centre of Excellence in Montreal.
Junior National Team camp
Natasha Bernier (Synchro-Élite, Quebec City, QC)
Gabriella Brisson (Calgary Aquabelles, Calgary, AB)
Carlie Cholette (Montréal Synchro, Ottawa, ON)
Anne-Marie Chouinard (Montréal Synchro, Montreal, arrondissement Anjou, QC)
Jordan Field (Olympium Synchro, Burlington, ON)
Claudia Holzner (Calgary Aquabelles, Calgary, AB)
Clare McGovern (Granite Synchro, Toronto, ON)
Roxanne Morneau-Carrier (Synchro-Élite, Quebec City, QC)
Samantha Nealon (Granite Synchro, Morriston, ON)
Camille Rémillard (Montréal Synchro, Terrebonne, QC)
Carol Ross (Dollard Synchro, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC)
Lisa Sanders (Granite Synchro, Gormley, ON)
Elizabeth Savard (Dollard Synchro, Laval, QC)
Kaylene Scheil (Calgary Aquabelles, Calgary, AB)
Jacqueline Simoneau (Montréal Synchro, Montreal, arrondissement Saint-Laurent, QC)
Erica Slavin (Calgary Aquabelles, Calgary, AB)
The competition has attracted 268 athletes from 30 clubs across Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan) as well as 36 officials.
Competition ends Sunday.
About Synchro Canada
Synchro Canada is the national organization governing synchronized swimming in Canada. It represents 10 provincial associations, a territorial association, as well as some 150 clubs and 12,000 members across Canada. A member of FINA, the world’s governing aquatic sports organization, Synchro Canada promotes the quest for excellence by developing the athletes, citizens and ambassadors of the sport of synchronized swimming at every level. Synchro Canada would like to thank its sponsors:
Program partners: Sport Canada, Own The Podium, B2ten, the Centre national multisport-Montréal
Official suppliers: Speedo, Knox Gelatine, AdUp, MKI Travel, National Car Rental
Official make up: MAKE UP FOR EVER
Official hotel: Hilton Hotels Canada
Official Charity Partner: Plan Canada’s Because I am A Girl Program
For further information, visit Synchro Canada’s Website at www.synchro.ca or follow Synchro Canada on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
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