Canada’s Chloé Isaac second behind Olympic medalist Ona Carbonell at Canadian Open Championships


Louis Daignault

April 25, 2013, Quebec City (ISN) – National team member Chloe Isaac of Brossard, Que., took the silver medal in the international ranking of the senior technical solo event behind Spain’s 2012 Olympic medalist Ona Carbonell Thursday at the Canadian Open Championships in synchronized swimming.

Isaac, coming off a gold medal performance at the British Open earlier this month, totalled 92.500 points. Ona Carbonell, silver medalist in the duet event and bronze medalist in the team event at the 2012 Olympic Games, got 94.834 points. Nuria Diosdado from Mexico was third with 85.834 points.

“It went super well, much better than in England,” said Isaac, 21. “My first elemenSynt in particular was much more solid. It is a move I had been having trouble with this season. It was technically and artistically solid but we certainly plan to make more changes to the choreography building towards the world championships.”

In 2009, Isaac was fourth in the free solo event at the FINA World Aquatic Championships. She’s making a return to the solo scene this season and had an additional challenge on Thursday with Ona Carbonell competing as well.

“It was a good opportunity to measure myself against her at this point in the season,” Isaac said. “She’s a strong athlete. But I tried to stay focused on my own performance.”

In the national ranking of the senior technical solo event, Genevieve Peel of Montreal Synchro won the gold medal with 77.666 points followed by Julie MacFarlane, also of Montreal Synchro, with 74.000, and Gabrielle Boisvert, of SynchroÉlite de Québec, with 73.667 points.

Junior solo national title for Clare McGovern

In the junior solo final event, Clare McGovern of Granite Synchro in Toronto won the title with 77.444 points. Kali Wong of the Calgary Aquabelles, the leader after the prelims, was second at 76.734. Elizabeth Savard of Dollard Synchro in Montreal was third at 75.987.

“I made the necessary corrections after prelims,” said McGovern, celebrating her first career Canadian title. “Everything just seemed to fall into place.”

In the team combo preliminaries, the Calgary Aquabelles took the lead in the national ranking with 80.017 points. Montreal Synchro was second (77.933) and Dollard Synchro, third (77.750).

Synchro Canada’s Senior National Team training for the 2013 FINA World Aquatic Championships also took part in this event with their Queen’s theme routine and got 92.167 points. Canada won the bronze medal at the 2009 FINA World Aquatic Championships with this routine.

In the junior figures event, Anne-Marie Chouinard of Montreal posted the best score at 74.901, Erica Slavin of the Calgary Aquabelles was second at 74.682 and McGovern third at 74.287.

Competition continues through to Sunday.