Louis Daignault (ISN)
April 27, 2013, Quebec City (ISN) – Wenjing Deng and Clare McGovern of Granite Synchro in Toronto and the Calgary Aquabelles won the duet and team national junior titles on Saturday at the Canadian Open Championships in synchronized swimming.
Synchro Canada’s senior national team for the 2013 FINA World Aquatic Championships earned three medals in the international events.
In the junior team final, the Calgary Aquabelles were the victors with 82.750. Montreal Synchro was second at 82.000 and Toronto’s Granite Synchro third at 80.450.
“We had a routine with a lot of intricate choreography and we had to be all on the same page for it to be successful,” said Aquabelles team member Jordan McKenzie. “We’ve strived all year for this.”
In the junior duet final, Wenjing Deng and Clare McGovern of Granite Synchro in Toronto were the winners at 77.180. Madeline Walker-Byron was the alternate. Erica Slavin and Olivia Zawadiuk of the Calgary Aquabelles were second at 76.444 and Roxanne Morneau-Carrier and Myriam Sabourin of Montreal Synchro third at 75.172.
“We worked very hard to get this title,” said McGovern. “Today I think our height and lightness on the water impressed the judges.”
In the international duet, Canadian national team members Karine Thomas and Stephanie Leclair of Gatineau, Que., won gold with 89.450 points. Isabel Delgado and Nuria Diosdado of Mexico were second at 85.283.
“This was our first competition with this routine and we were nervous,” said Thomas. “It was great to get such positive feedback. The artistic side of the performance is what stood out the most and we communicated the theme really well.”
In the national championship standings it was a Montreal Synchro sweep. Virginie Levesque and Genevieve Peel were first at 77.867, Camille Bourgeois-Lessard and Carlie Cholette second at 76.084 and Kelly Hersh and Julie MacFarlane third at 72.984.
In the solo free program, international standings, double Olympic medallist Ona Carbonell of Spain won the gold with 95.567. Chloe Isaac of Brossard, Que., was second at 91.750 and Anne-Marie Chouinard of Montreal third at 85.550.
“There are areas to improve but I’m pleased with my progress so far this season,” said Isaac, a member of Canada’s Olympic team last year. “It was nice to have an opportunity to compete against Ona and see where I stand. But I didn’t have any goal in terms of points or how close I should finish to her.”
Montreal Synchro athletes swept the national senior solo free routine medals. Carlie Cholette was first at 77.650, Genevieve Peel second at 77.517 and Julie MacFarlane third at 74.783.