Calgary Aquabelles win three of four events at Canadian Qualifier Championships


Louis Daignault

March 20, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – Erica Slavin placed first in junior figures then helped her Calgary Aquabelles club to the gold medal in the open combo event on Wednesday in first day action at the Canadian Qualifier Championships in synchronized swimming.

The competition has attracted a record 455 synchronized swimmers from 38 clubs. Each province is represented. The junior and senior age groups are looking to qualify for the Canadian Open Championships, April 24-28 in Quebec City while the 13-15 age group, is vying for berths at the Canadian Espoir Championships May 29-June 2 in Ottawa.

In junior figures, Slavin placed first scoring 75.481 points. Clare McGovern of Toronto’s Granite Synchro followed at 74.403 and Elizabeth Savard of Dollard Synchro in Montreal was third at 73.939.

”I’m excited about placing first,” said Slavin, 16, a second-year junior. ”I thought I had good control and good height during my performance. I’m coming off a strong year last season and I want to reach all my goals again this year.”

In the combo open, the Aquabelles totalled 79.240 for top spot. Montreal Synchro was second at 77.060 and Dollard Synchro third at 76.360.

The Aquabelles also won the gold medal in the 13-15 age group combo final with 73.880 points. Montreal Synchro was second at 70.750 and Toronto’s Variety Village Synchro Club was third at 67.990.

Montreal Synchro won the senior technical team event.

Competition continues through to Sunday at Talisman Centre.