Louis Daignault

April 26, 2013, Quebec City (ISN) – The Calgary Aquabelles won the national title in the team combo event while Synchro Canada’s national senior team took gold in the international team combo, technical team and technical duet events on Friday at the Canadian Open Championships in synchronized swimming.

In the national championship combo event, the Aquabelles placed first with 82.534 points. Montreal Synchro was second at 80.367 and Dollard Synchro third at 79.484. The Aquabelles combo team members were Kathryn Hall, Astrid Lauf, Jordan McKenzie, Maxime McLean, Savannah Sami-Bacon, Erica Slavin, Alexandra Titov, Valerie Titov, Kali Wong and Olivia Zawadiuk.

“We are excited about putting together such a strong showing today,” said Hall. “We’ve been practicing this routine since September and the choreography was so innovative that we were anxious to perform it.”

In the international combo, Team Canada produced a 92.484 score as it continues to prepare for the FINA World Aquatic Championships this July in Barcelona. The team members were Camille Bowness of Beaconsfield, Que., Gabriella Brisson of Calgary, Annabelle Frappier of St-Hyacinthe, Que., Sandy Gill of Coquitlam, B.C., Claudia Holzner of Calgary, Chloe Isaac of Brossard,Que., Emilia Kopcik of Surrey, B.C., Lisa Mikelberg of Montreal, Marie-Lou Morin of Westmount, Que., and Jacqueline Simoneau of Montreal.

“It went very well and we had a solid performance,” said Morin. “We swam in unison and produced a lot of energy. We’ve successfully gone through the first phase in our preparation for the worlds.”

In the duet technical international event, Synchro Canada national senior team members Karine Thomas and Stephanie Leclair of Gatineau, Que., took gold at 90.333. Isabel Delgado and Muria Diosdado of Mexico were second at 84.834 and Karen Achach and Mariana Cifuentes of Mexico third at 80.500.

“This was an excellent preparation for us,” said Leclair. “Since our competition two weeks ago in Britain we have taken a big step.”

Montreal Synchro swept the medals in the national standings with Camille Bourgeois-Lessard and Carlie Cholette first at 78.000, Virginie Levesque and Genevieve Peel second at 77.833 and Kelly Hersh and Julie MacFarlane third at 74.167.

In the team technical event, Synchro Canada’s national senior team won the international gold with 91.000. The swimmers were Gill, Holzner, Kopcik, Leclair, Morin, Simoneau, Thomas and Frappier.

“We are showing a lot of potential,” said Canada’s head coach Meng Chen. “We are developing good habits in our training and that showed today.”

Mexico was second at 85.500 and Canada’s national senior B team, preparing for the World University Games in July, was second at 84.834.

“We pushed as hard as we could,” said national B team member Janelle Ball of Montreal. “We only found out two weeks ago we were going to compete here and it was exciting to produce this kind of performance.”

Montreal Synchro won the national title at 77.000.

After the junior duet preliminaries, Deng Wenjing and Clare McGovern of Granite Synchro are first at 76.555, Erica Slavin and Olivia Zawadiuk of the Calgary Aquabelles are second at 76.010 and Roxanne Morneau-Carrier and Myriam Sabourin of Montreal Synchro are third at 75.247.

After the junior team prelims, Calgary Aquabelles are first at 82.166, Montreal Synchro second at 80.417 and Granite Synchro in Toronto third at 79.884.

Competition continues through to Sunday.

The following swimmers were also invited to the national junior team trials on Sunday.

CHOUINARD, Anne-Marie (Montréal, QC, Centre d’excellence)

SLAVIN, Erica (Calgary, AB, Calgary Aquabelles)

MCGOVERN, Clare (Toronto, ON, Granite Synchro)

WONG, Kali (Calgary, AB, Calgary Aquabelles)

REGENI, Petra (Toronto, ON, Montréal Synchro)

SAVARD, Elizabeth (Laval, QC, Dollard Synchro)

DENG, Wenjing (Whitby, ON, Granite Synchro)

CASKEY, Claire (Etobicoke, ON, Granite Synchro)

LÉVESQUE, Virginie (Québec, QC, Montréal Synchro)

WALKER-BYRON, Madeline (Ottawa, ON, Granite Synchro)

DUBOC, Mady (Toronto, ON, Granite Synchro)

MORNEAU-CARRIER, Roxanne (Québec, QC, Montréal Synchro)

RHÉAUME, Katherine (Lachine, QC, Montréal Synchro)

SABOURIN, Myriam (Montréal, QC, Montréal Synchro)

HARDING, Dylan (Gormley, ON, Granite Synchro)

ZAWADIUK, Olivia (Calgary, AB, Calgary Aquabelles)

RYSSINA, Alina (Aurora, ON, Granite Synchro)

BOUTIN, Laurence (Lévis, QC, Montréal Synchro)

GHETA, Ioana (Montréal, QC, Synchro Laval)

VÉZINA, Laurence (L’Ancienne-Lorette, QC, SynchroÉlite de Québec)

HARROWER, Rebecca (Edmonton, AB, Dollard Synchro)

BRIMO, Brooke (Pierrefonds, QC, Dollard Synchro)

LAUF, Astrid (Calgary, AB, Calgary Aquabelles)

MCLEAN, Maxime (Calgary, AB, Calgary Aquabelles)

ARMSTRONG, Amy (Toronto, ON, Variety Village Synchro Club)