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June 6,2014(ISN) – KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Halle Pratt of the Calgary Aquabelles earned the gold medal in the
13-15 age group solo event on Friday at the 2014 Canadian Espoir Championships in
synchronized swimming.

Pratt, competing for the last time at the Espoir Nationals, totalled a season-best
75.4125 points. Emily Armstrong of Variety Village Synchro in Toronto followed at
73.3890 and Paige Hopper of the Aquabelles was third at 71.9451.

”I was pretty nervous going into the event but overall it was exciting,” said
Pratt. ”I knew I was well prepared and I’m proud to put up such a good score and
represent my club so well. I’m very motivated about my progress in solo this year
and I want to keep it going in the future.”

In the 12 and under duet final, 11-year-olds Emma Spott and Delaney Davis of
Kitchener-Waterloo Synchro won the gold medal with 64.5919 points performing their
routine to AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. Scarlett Finn and MacKenzie Mauran of Granite
Synchro in Toronto took the silver with 64.2866 and Sarah-Maude Pelletier and Kiara
Quieti of Montreal Synchro the bronze at 63.2201.

”This was our first nationals and we couldn’t be happier,” said Spott, who has
competed with her partner for four years. ”The highlight for me was when we were
underwater and we sent each other a little smile because we knew it was going so
well.”

Late Thursday in the 13-15 team event, Variety Village Synchro stands first after
the preliminaries with 72.0691 points, the Calgary Aquabelles are second at 71.2199
and Granite Synchro is third at 70.2094. The final is on Saturday.

The competition is hosted by the Kamloops Sunrays and Synchro B.C. under the
leadership of Synchro Canada. A total of 273 athletes from 23 clubs across Canada
(Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador,
Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan) are competing.

Competition ends Saturday at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.

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