Sept 5, 2014 (INS) – Canadians gain valuable experience at FINA World Junior Open Water
BALATONFURED, Hungary â€” Brooke Lamoureux of Comox, B.C., and Tessa
Cieplucha of Oakville, Ont., wonâ€™t soon forget their international
debuts on Friday at the FINA World Junior Open Water Championships.
â€˜â€™I couldnâ€™t get over how fast and determined the competition
was,â€™â€™ said Cieplucha, competing in only her second open water race
â€˜â€™The start was brutal,â€™â€™ added Lamoureux, racing for the fourth
time in open water. â€˜â€™Everyone was fighting like mad to get into the
lead right away. I just tried to stay with them and dig a spot for myself.
But it wasnâ€™t easy.â€™â€™
The two 15-year-olds placed 26th (Lamoureux) and 27th respectively in the
five kilometre race. Conditions on Lake Balaton were satisfactory with
small waves and warm water.
â€˜â€™I felt great,â€™â€™ said Lamoureux. â€˜â€™I was pleased with how I
competed against such a strong international field. I had no goals in
terms of results. I just wanted to have nothing left when I finished the
race and I achieved that.â€™â€™
Siyu Yan of China won the gold medal clocking one hour and 00:40.81
seconds. Carlotta De Mattia of Italy was second in 1:00:45.33 and Charline
Secresta of France third in 1:00:45.71. The Canadians were about six
minutes off the pace.
Ciepluchaâ€™s open water debut was this past spring at the team trials in
the Cayman Islands. She entered open water on the recommendation of her
coach to help her with her pool swimming.
â€˜â€™I enjoyed the competition a lot today,â€™â€™ she said. â€˜â€™I
certainly hope I can have another opportunity like this. It certainly
benefits my swimming and when you come to an international meet like this
you not only race them but you can see how they prepare for races as
Competition continues through to Sunday. On Saturday, Josh Zalaka of
Kelowna, B.C., and Sebastian Paulins of Brantford, Ont., compete in the
boys five kilometre race.