Louis Daignault (ISN)

August 18, 2013, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (ISN) – Anne-Marie Chouinard of Montreal stands first in the junior solo event after Sunday’s preliminaries at the 2013 UANA Pan American Synchronized Swimming Championships.

In the junior solo preliminaries, Chouinard totalled 151.614 points. Emma Baranski of the U.S., is second at 146.759 and Clare McGovern of Toronto third at 156.511.

”I’m proud with my performance, the whole routine went well,” said Chouinard, who performed to a theme called Opera. ”It’s a nice reward for the six weeks of hard work to prepare for this event. In the final, I just hope to show more power at the start of the routine.”

In the junior team preliminaries, the U.S., is first at 149.402, Canada follows at 148.463 and Brazil is third at 143.699. The Canadian swimmers were Chouinard, McGovern, Erica Slavin, Olivia Zawadiuk and Kali Wong, all of Calgary, Wenjing Deng of Whitby, Ont., Elizabeth Savard de Laval, Que., Myriam Sabourin of Montreal, and Roxanne Morneau-Carrier and Virginie Lévesque, both of Quebec City.

”There are a lot of things to improve in the final,” said Chouinard. ”We had a good start but we know we can do better.”

In the 13-15 age group solo prelims, Olivia Ekberg of the U.S., is first at 148.262, Halle Pratt of Calgary second at 146.017 and Maria Clara Coutinho of Brazil second at 142.158.

”I’m really happy with second place,” said Pratt, performing a routine called The Violin. ”I improved a lot and closed the gap on the first place girl from the last competition. What I need to improve for the final is aspects of my presentation to draw the judges in more.”

In the 13-15 age group team prelims, the U.S., is first at 145.092, Canada follows at 142.318 and Mexico third at 132.335. The Canadian swimmers were Pratt, Audrey Joly of St-Eustache, Que., Maria Gheta of Montreal, Andrée-Anne Côté St-Georges, Que., Aerin England of Burlington, Ont., Emily Armstrong, Meaghan Ozikizler and Natalie MacMillan, all of Toronto, Breanne Bauer of Calgary and Joelle Zavitz of Guelph, Ont.

In the 12 and under age group, Paige Hopper of the Calgary Aquabelles is second and Salome Boissoneault of the Quebec provincial team ninth.

Competition continues Monday with the duet preliminaries in all age groups and the team combo event.

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