June 8,2014(ISN) – KAMLOOPS, B.C. Toronto’s Variety Village Synchro Club won the gold medal in the
13-15 team and duet events on Saturday to conclude the 2014 Canadian Espoir
Championships in synchronized swimming.
In the 13-15 duet, 14-year-olds Emily Armstrong and Teghyn Gurney of Variety
Village took the gold with 72.4236 points edging Sabrina Barnes and Meaghan
Ozikizler of Granite Synchro second at 72.2296. Charlotte Maheu-Savard and Rafaelle
Valiquette of Montreal Synchro were third at 71.5002.
”This is our first national title and we are very excited,” said Armstrong, who
joined forces with her partner three years ago. ”We came in with a new routine
this year that was much higher in difficulty. The biggest challenge was the
endurance aspect of the swim.”
Interpreting their Tiger routine, Variety Village earned 73.9359 points for the
13-15 team victory with the Calgary Aquabelles second at 72.6532 and Granite Synchro
from Toronto third at 71.6760.
”It took a lot of work and commitment to successfully defend our title,” said
Variety Village team member Grace Klodt. ”We were motivated to do our best and
live up to expectations.”
In the 12 and under team event, the Calgary Aquabelles were the winners with
63.3943, Granite Synchro was second at 62.5400 and Variety Village third at 61.2946.
”It was wonderful how our team was so committed this year,” said Aquabelles team
captain Taylor Williamson. ”We had a lot of new faces from last year and we worked
really hard to make sure we could successfully defend our title.”
The winners in the athletes with a disability category were Grace Low, Ruby Stevens
and Nicole Flynn, all of Variety Village.
The competition was 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) competed.
Emily Armstrong wins Cairns and Parent Trophy
Emily Armstrong of Toronto and the Variety Village Synchro Club was awarded the
Cairns and Parent Trophy. The award is given to the athlete in the 13-15 category
that competes in figures, solo, duet and team and accumulates the highest total
score at the 2014 National Espoir Championships. Armstrong was 2nd in figures, won
silver in solo and gold in duet and in team.
Brianna MacLellan wins Terri Hambrook Trophy
Brianna MacLellan, of Granite Synchro in Toronto, was awarded the Terri Hambrook
Trophy as the most promising coach. The award is for the coach who displays all
around coaching abilities in figures, solo, duet and team at Synchro Canada’s 2014
Canadian Espoir Championships.