Montréal Synchro won the combo event today at the 2016 Canadian Qualifier Championships held in the Desjardins Aquatic Centre at Université Laval’s PEPS.
The exciting event features teams of up to 10 swimmers performing thematic routines. Swimming to a far west theme, Montreal Synchro delivered an inspired performance that earned them a score of 77.3667 and the gold medal. The Calgary Aquabelles took second spot with their Olympic-themed routine that was awarded a score of 76.900. Host club Québec Excellence Synchro won bronze with 75.000, swimming to Star Wars music.
Senior Duet Free
In the senior free duet event, Ioana Gheta from Synchro Laval won her second gold medal in as many days, this time with her sister Maria. Their score of 76.6333 earned them first spot ahead of Brooke Brimo and Melody Roy from Montreal Synchro who were very close at 76.1333. Gabrielle Cadotte and Emmanuelle Chachai, also from Montréal Synchro, completed the podium with 71.3667.
Synchro Canada also used this event to hold its Junior National Team Duet trials in which 3 pairs formed by athletes from different clubs from across the country competed for the right to represent Canada at the upcoming Junior World Championships in Kazan, Russia, next July. The selected duet will be announced at the conclusion of the event.
Salomé Boissonneault and Rosalie Dufour, from host club Quebec Excellence Synchro, won gold in the 13-15 duet event. They were joined on the top step of the podium by Olivia Jensen-Large and Maura McLean from the Regional Training Centre – Ontario (RTC), who also won gold. Eva Blainey and Scarlett Finn, from Granite Synchro, won silver while Kearra Eisnor and Ava Neely, from the Aquabelles, captured bronze.
Calgary’s Halle Pratt, who was in the lead before the event after her first position in figures yesterday, was also first for her routine and won the gold medal with a combined score of 79.0539. Andrée-Anne Côté won silver with a combined score of 78,5125 while Emily Armstrong, from RTC-Ontario et Audrey Joly, from Dollard Synchro, shared the bronze medal.