KAMLOOPS, B.C., June 4 2014Halle Pratt of the Calgary Aquabelles kicked off her last appearance at the 2014 Canadian Espoir Championships in synchronized swimming on Wednesday by ranking first in the all-important figures standings in the 13-15 age group.

Pratt topped the almost 200-entry field with 72.1250 points.  Emily Armstrong of the Variety Village Synchro Club in Toronto ranked second at 70.8780 and Paige Hopper of the Aquabelles third at 70.0570.

The top-25 in the 13-15 figures event advanced to Phase 2, a second figures event scheduled for Friday.  The top-20 athletes from Phase 2 will meet again on Sunday for Phases 3 and 4 when a 10 or 11 member team will be selected.  The team will take part in the 2014 Mediterranean Cup set for September in Greece.

In the 13-15 duet preliminaries, Armstrong and Teghyn Gurney of Variety Village are first at 71.4236, Sabrina Barnes and Meaghan Ozikizler of Granite Synchro in Toronto second at 70.4296 and Charlotte Maheu-Savard and Rafaelle Valiquette of Montreal Synchro third at 70.4002.

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 continues through to Saturday at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.

Schedule and results for the 2014 Canadian Espoir Championships are available on-line at www.synchro.ca

About Synchro Canada

Synchro Canada is the national organization governing synchronized swimming in Canada. It represents 10 provincial associations, a territorial association, as well as some 150 clubs and 12,000 members across Canada. A member of FINA, the world’s governing aquatic sports organization, Synchro Canada promotes the quest for excellence by developing the athletes, citizens and ambassadors of the sport of synchronized swimming at every level.

Synchro Canada would like to thank its sponsors:

Program partners: Sport Canada, Own The Podium, the Institut national du sport du Québec

Official Aquatic Supplier: Speedo Canada

Official make up: MAKE UP FOR EVER

Official suppliers: Knox Gelatine, AdUp, National Car Rental

Official hotel: Hilton Hotels Canada

For further information, visit Synchro Canada’s Website at www.synchro.ca or follow Synchro Canada on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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