Calgary Aquabelles win two team titles at 2013 Espoir Nationals


Louis Daignault (ISN)

June 1, 2013, Nepean, Ont (ISN) – The Calgary Aquabelles won the gold medal Saturday in the 13-15 and 12 and under team events at the 2013 Espoir Nationals synchronized swimming competition.

In the 13-15 team final, the Aquabelles performed their Super Heroes routine and earned 71.055 points with Variety Village Synchro Club from Toronto second at 69.671 and Montreal Synchro third at 69.294.

”It was a really great experience,” said Aquabelles team member Jayd Kasprick. ”We improved a lot from our showing in the preliminaries. It was the best we’ve done it all year. Our lifts were higher and the overall presentation stood out more.”

In the 13-15 duet preliminaries, Jasmine Baillargeon and Maude Jobin of Montreal Synchro are first at 70.432, Grace Klodt and Natalie MacMillan of Variety Village Synchro Club in Toronto are second at 69.858 and Audrey Joly and Anne-Sophie Saindon of Dollard Synchro third at 69.572. The final is Sunday.

”We really love the music in our routine,” said Baillargeon. ”It represents us well because we like to move.”

”It went well,” added Jobin. ”There are some areas we need to improve but we are pleased. We are going in the right direction.”

In the 12 and under team final, the Calgary Aquabelles took gold with their Blues Brothers routine totaling 62.096. Granite Synchro from Toronto was second at 61.772 and Durham Synchro third at 61.521.

”I can’t believe we did this well,” said Aquabelles team member Ava Neely. ”We were very nervous but we stuck together through it. The music makes it really fun and you don’t feel that tired. There’s no better feeling.”

In a very close 12 and under duet final, Maura McLean and Laura Bellantone of Variety Village won the gold medal with 63.583 points. Rachel Black and Eva Blainey of Granite Synchro were second at 63.554 and Kennedy Assen and Ava Neely of the Calgary Aquabelles third at 63.253.

”I’m very pleased because we worked hard for this routine,” said McLean.

”We were confident coming into this competition and we are proud of ourselves,” added Bellantone.

In competition for athletes with a disability the winners were Amanda Gibson (Durham Synchro), Kary Orpin, Ruby Stevens, Nicole Flynn (Variety Village Synchro Club) and Jeanine Enns (Olympium Synchro) who all placed first in their respective categories.

Best overall artistic performance MAKE UP FOR EVER Award

The Calgary Aquabelles combo team won the best overall artistic performance MAKE UP FOR EVER Award for the 2013 Canadian Espoir Championships.

This award were given to the top 12 and under or 13-15 team based only on the artistic marks during the team or combo events. All winning athletes and coaches received products from MAKE UP FOR EVER.